Cottonwood Campground, Reserve, NM

Glenwood Ranger District

Gila National Forest

Free Camping Near Reserve, NM

This is a small, free, developed campground offered by Gila National Forest, primarily for tent camping. It's located on the west side of US Highway 180, between mileposts 23 and 24, north of Glenwood and Alma, New Mexico. Officially, there are four tent sites, but only three picnic tables.


Glenwood Ranger District

Gila National Forest

District Office

Tel: (575) 539-2481


GPS: 33.6188, -108.8944

Reservations: First come, first served

Camping Fee: None

Permit: None

Max Stay: 14 days in a 45-day period

Amenities: Picnic tables, fire rings, vault toilet

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Camping at Cottonwood Campground

At one time this was a popular hang out for locals to go skinny-dipping in the hot springs located about 1/4 mile up the canyon. Since then, the road was closed, and now few people ever go there. Otherwise today, it’s just a small campground for tent campers with cars, vans, and pickup trucks. The campground is too small for motorhomes, though small trailers can still fit in.

This campground lies about 12.9 miles south of Reserve along Highway 180.

The campsites here tend to bunched together, not really allowing for much privacy and seclusion. Even though you can camp here for a full 14 days, you probably wouldn’t want to. There’s no entertainment for kids, and not much space for outdoor activities aside from cornhole. It’s really more of a base camp for hiking, or overnight stay.

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