Cherry Creek Campground, Silver City, NM

Silver City Ranger District

Gila National Forest

Free Camping Near Silver City, NM

This is a free, developed campground offered by Gila National Forest. It lies at the bottom of a canyon along State Highway 15 about 13 miles north of Silver City. The sites here are small, and the road through here is small too, and recommended only for cars, vans, pickup trucks, or small trailers.

Authority

Silver City Ranger District

Gila National Forest

District Office

Tel: (575) 388-8201

Particulars

GPS: 32.9143, -108.2246

Reservations: First come, first served

Camping Fee: None

Permit: None

Max Stay: 14 days in a 45-day period

Amenities: picnic tables, vault toilet, fire rings, drinking water

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Camping at Cherry Creek Campground

Cherry Creek is by one of the most scenic parts of the Trail of the Mountain Spirits Scenic ByWay. The campground is located along NM Highway 15 and is surrounded by dense mixed conifer. It is a cool place in the summer for people to enjoy a day’s outing or for those wishing to camp overnight. If there has been a little snow during the winter, you will find a trickle of water in the small stream that runs through the campground. In the autumn hillsides turn into a beautiful mosaic of golden aspens, rusty oaks, and bright red sumac. If you are seeking springtime wildflowers, the Cherry Creek CG is the place to stop. You might also see hummingbirds, and ladybug nurseries.

There is also abundance on wildlife that roam through here, including deer during the day, and packs of javelina foraging through the campground at night. During the rains, this campground will flood from Cherry Creek nearby.

Campsites here tend to be small, but spaced well-enough away from each other to still allow for some privacy. It’s also a very popular campground among visitors to nearby Silver City. It’s best to arrive here Monday through Thursday if you plan to camp over the weekend.

No wood available in the area. You will either have to bring your own wood or you can use charcoal or propane. Watch for poison ivy near the campground.

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