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Forks Campground

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Gila National Forest

This campground features beautiful cliffs along the West Fork of the__Gila River.This campground is a great place to stop__on the way to the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument (15 miles north). Overnight camping is allowed in the upper portion of Forks; however, the lower portion of the Forks__Recreation Site__along the__West Fork of the Gila River__is__day use only.

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Kelly A.
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2021

Great views!

Short drive from Gila Cliff Dwellings. No running water, no cell service, no WiFi and they have vault toilets. If you need those amenities then this is not the campsite for you. There was no crowd mid week during the end of February. The day warmed up nicely and the night was cold, just bring the right gear.

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Grady D.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2021

Nice, free dry camping near the Gila Cliff Dwellings

We spent three nights at the Forks campground with our 38 ft. 5th wheel toy hauler.

I don't recommend towing something this big to this area, but it can be done safely - would definitely not do it if snow is forecast.

There was one other camper there.  It was quite cold at night 20 - 23 degrees but warmed up nicely during the day.  

Unfortunately the General Store in Gila Hot Springs was closed for renovations and there is no cell phone coverage anywhere near this area.

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Reviewed Sep. 8, 2020

Nice place but can get slightly crowded

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.

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Forks Campground is located in New Mexico

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The Forks Campground is located approximately 40 miles north of Silver City on__the east side of New Mexico Highway 15, just north of mile marker 38, and is located approximately 5 miles south of the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.


33.183483 N
108.206422 W

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