Upper Scorpion Campground, Gila Hot Springs, NM

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

Gila National Forest

Free Camping at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

This is a developed campground offered for free by Gila National Forest. It's intended for tent camping only, but has a paved parking lot. Camping in your vehicle is still allowed, and is common for many campers here. Even though the parking lot is not large enough for RVs, it's still common to see RVs camped here.

Authority

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

Gila National Forest

Wilderness Ranger District

Tel: (575) 536-2250

Particulars

GPS: 33.2305, -108.2609

Reservations: First come, first served

Camping Fee: None

Permit: None

Max Stay: 14 days in a 45-day period

Amenities: Picnic tables, fire rings, cooking grills, vault toilet, drinking water

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Camping at Upper Scorpion Campground

There are 10 campsites located in this campground, but there is room for more tents along the west side. Upper Scorpion Campground is one of two “official” campgrounds, along with Lower Scorpion Campground, serving Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. If there is no room available at either of these, there is also Forks Campground and Grapevine Campground located 5.3 miles to the south.

This campground, along with Lower Scorpion Campground, offer walking-distance to the visitor center at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. There are also trails located here, along with water activities along Gila River. It’s easy to spend a full two weeks here.

Campsites in this campground are located close together, with little to no amenities for kids to them occupied. It’s not a great place to bring kids because other campers will become annoyed with the noise and the footsteps trampling through their site.

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