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Lower Scorpion Campground

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National Forest

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

This is an easily accessible campground between the Gila Visitors Center and the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.

There are seven campsites just off NM Hwy 15. It is a good place for tent and car camping. This campground is not conducive to RV camping.

There is a 14 day stay limit. OHV/ATV use is prohibited. Hunting and target shooting is prohibited. Dogs on leash only.

There is a paved parking area.

The Gila River is within walking distance. Please help keep the area beautiful and pack out all trash.

Closest Stores: Doc Campbell's General Store is about 4 miles south. Phones are available there. They also have gas, groceries and sell hunting and fishing licenses. Hot springs showers are available for a fee.

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5 Reviews

Reviewed Oct. 22, 2021

Visited but did not stay

We didn't actually stay there but leaving this review to explain why RVs and camper vans are discouraged. The campground is a small parking lot surrounded by walk-in campsites. If you are tenting it, a beautiful place!

Month of VisitNovember
Keith H.
Reviewed May. 16, 2021

Parking lot campground

Quiet, free, small campground. No individual marked sites. Paved parking lot with wooded area. Water is available and clean pit toilet.

Month of VisitJune
Ryan L.
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2020

Not a Bad place to rest your head

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.


Lower Scorpion Campground is located in New Mexico

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Located on NM Hwy 15; 1/4 mile from Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument


33.23013322 N
108.25771818 W

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