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The place itself is very nicely located close to a river access, the river area is beautiful and the water is clean and cool. Nothing about this place is bad, it's actually beautiful, but unfortunately some of the folks that frequent it aren't very nice and here is why I give it 3 stars. The campground is not very big with about 7 or so actual camp sites. I've been here a few times and observed the same problems continuously so I will begin to describe why I only give it 3 stars. The problem is people show up at night and set up in places that aren't designated to camp in or rudely set up inside your camp area. On top of that those same types of people stay up very late at night partying and unfortunately there is an echo effect in the area. Keeping along the same topic of rude folks, the vault restrooms on site were initially clean until the masses show up and make it extremely filthy in there, to the point where you'd rather find a bush for #1 or #2 because of the stomach turning scene and smell. Maybe I just have bad luck who knows? It's a shame because it's a beautiful place but the beautiful experience could potentially be ruined by some rude people. However, I still had a good time putting all that aside.
Campsites are just steps from fisherman’s trail along the SE shore of Lake Roberts reservoir on Hwy 35 in the Gila National Forest. Sites are well spaced out under a stand of ponderosa. Deer, turkeys and javelins are regular visitors; several hiking trails are nearby. Birdwatching along the shore or from the water in a canoe or kayak.
Forks Campground is at the top of a cliff. It has a phenomenal view of the river, is an excellent location for stargazing, and has a fantastic swimming hole a short hike down the hill. HOWEVER, these wonderful features make it a bit of a destination. There was a good amount of thru traffic during my stay, the worst of which were some drunk guys blasting music til midnight my last night. I found that to be unfortunate, as my favorite thing about camping in the forest is falling asleep to forest sounds. There is no cell service here or pretty much anywhere in the forest. There is a general store up the road (closed Wednesdays) that will let you use WiFi to let loved ones know you’re ok, but otherwise it’s entirely off the grid. I was there Tuesday afternoon thru Friday morning in mid August 2020. Pros -great view -swimming hole -clean camp sites -short drive to dwellings and multiple trailheads Cons -thru traffic, sometimes very loud and/or late at night -some campsites do not have much shade
Great spot water is great
This campground is halfway between Tucson and El Paso and makes it a convenient to stop if you’ve been driving through like we were. It’s a very dusty campground ⛺️. The areas are nicely separated and it’s was good for a night. They have a camp store and good size bathroom with showers and several sinks. It’s an older KOA and not as nice as a lot of others I’ve stayed at. It’s definitely nice to have internet and service. The campground is located within a small, kind of rundown town. There is a grocery store within a mile which was good for grabbing stuff to make dinner if you don’t already have it.
The area we stayed in was for tenters however, there are various areas for RV’ers.
They have a swimming pool in season (May 15-September 15, game room, free cable TV, free wireless internet, and a Camping Kitchen ready for group events. An activity center is available for groups as well as food service on certain days. Max pull thru: 80 feet.
It’s was decent. There are designated spots around installed fire pits with grills. There is one bathroom that is handicap assessable. I don’t believe there’s water or electricity here. Parking lot is always empty and the road is quiet.
Only 4 sites available. Some privacy from the road, which was better than the other campgrounds near by. By a creek, which is nice. Vault toilet. There was a trail along the creek that eventually crossed it, but the water was too high to cross.