South Fork Eagle Creek

Lincoln National Forest

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FR-127A Alto, NM 88312 575-257-4095 575-434-7200 Official Website

GPS: 33.393, -105.7241

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Overview of South Fork Eagle Creek

Pad Type dirt

Elevation 7,611 ft / 2,319 m

Tent Camping Yes

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ds9writer asked on 9/8/2021

Does anyone know if South Fork Eagle Creek camping area is still open mid to late-October? Thanks!

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Reviews of South Fork Eagle Creek 2 people have reviewed this location.

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Verizon 4G
Confirmed by 1 User
Last reported 6/16/2020
Confirmed by 2 Users
Last reported 10/12/2021
1 review
“Dusty, lots of traffic and a dry creekbed”

Reviewed 10/12/2021

Days stayed: 4
Overall Rating

We were going to camp for a week, but packed it in after 4 days. This is NOT peace and tranquility. A very narrow canyon with lots of traffic that constantly kicks up the fine dust from the road. We spent more time getting the dust off all our gear (not to mention out of our sinuses) than we did camping. You can't get away from it, as the camping sites are all very close to the dirt road. The "mountain stream" the rangers told us about was nothing more than a dry creek bed. Others we spoke to said it's often like this because the city pumps water from an aquifer under the creek causing it to run dry often. There are so many more scenic and beautiful places in New Mexico to waste your vacation here. You have to hike a mile or mile and half down the same dirt road (with dust kicking traffic) just to get to a trailhead, then most of the forest is burned out from the Little Bear fire in 2013. Very little has grown back here. Find a different and better place to camp. The South Fork of Eagle Creek isn't it!

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“Good site if you're going to Ski Apache - Be Bear Aware.”

Reviewed 6/16/2020

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: N/A
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This spot is SUPER convenient if you're going to the ski area. It's right off the road, which is the biggest drawback, as it can be busy at the beginning and end of the day, and a little noisy.

If you stay here, make sure you know how to camp in bear country. There are black bears that roam up and down the creek. DO NOT keep food in your tent, vehicle, or trailer, DO NOT cook in your campsite.

There are no bathrooms here, and as a recurring guest, I'd appreciate it if you wouldn't do your business here, even if you do bury it. The Rio Ruidoso runs through this site and there's not enough room to stay a safe distance from it. Just go down the road to the gas station and buy some food or gas and do your business there. Or go to the park next to the gas station.

Cell service is OK at best -- two to three bars. You are down in a valley, so you may want a booster. If you stay up at Monjeau Peak, it will be windy, but MUCH better LTE.

You can stay up at Oak Grove Campground in the summer for $2 per night. There are pit toilets there, fire rings, etc.

Also - further down the road are some burned areas from the Little Bear fire. Those trees can fall at any time, so best to not hike those areas. Definitely do not camp amongst dead trees!

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Verizon 4G

JRauland would stay here again

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