Spring-on-the-Bluff, Gila Lower Box Canyon

Gila Lower Box Canyon

Bureau of Land Management

Free Camping at Gila Lower Box Canyon

This is a single campsite located at the top of a tall cliff, overlooking the Gila River, accessed by a dirt road. This one of three camping areas and river access sites identified by the Bureau of Land Management at Gila Lower Box Canyon. This campsite offers some of the best views of the Gila River and the surrounding riparian area.


Gila Lower Box Canyon

Bureau of Land Management

Las Cruces Field Office

Tel: (575) 525-4300


GPS: 32.6339, -108.8764

Reservations: First come, first served

Camping Fee: None

Permit: None

Max Stay: 14 days

Amenities: None

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Camping at Spring-on-the-Bluff

The road leading to here is rocky and bumpy, and there are places where you’ll encounter soft sand, requiring a 4WD vehicle. It’s best suited for trucks, SUVs, and Jeeps. Trailers can be pulled here, but nothing larger than 28 feet because the turnaround at the end won’t accommodate anything larger.

This area is mostly known as a destination for hikers and photographers. There is a trail that leads from the campsite heading east and then down into the river. It’s a great place to watch birds and small wildlife.

In our experience, camping here is quite tranquil, with hardly anyone coming here. We found the sounds of the river to be very relaxing, creating for pleasant white-noise while going to sleep at night.

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