Upper Scorpion Campground

Gila National Forest

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Hwy 15
Silver City, NM 88061
505-536-2250
505-388-8201
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GPS: 33.2305, -108.2609

Last Price Paid: $0
Number of Sites: 10
Pad Type: asphalt
Elevation: 5700 ft
Max Stay: 15
Tent Camping: Yes

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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2 people have reviewed this location.

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Live Small Ride Free

25 Self-rebuilt fifth wheel
40 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 4

Live Small Ride Free would stay here again

“Great basecamp for hiking and backpacking.”

Reviewed May 21, 2018

Overall Rating

The park ranger told us we could stay overnight at any of the parking lots in the national monument. We chose to stay at the parking lot at the cliff dwelling trailhead (which wasn't an issue because it wasn't busy during the day time). It was the perfect place to stay for several nights while we checked out the cliff dwellings themselves and went backpacking.

It's recommended that large(r) rigs do not drive up Hwy 15 from Silver City, but instead take Hwy 35 to Hwy 15. Supposedly Hwy 15 from Silver City to the Hwy 35 intersection is narrow and has a lot of hairpin turns. You may make it up in a large(r) rig, but it'll take you a longer time and you'll probably piss off all the drivers behind you (we were told there aren't many pull-out areas).

Also, the visitor center no longer has a dump station available - but they do still have a fresh water fill station (you'll need a water thief to use it).

(My stars are for Upper Scorpion Campground.)

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TigerNomad
Sun Valley, ID
Provan Astro Tiger XL
95 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

TigerNomad would stay here again

“It's Open!”

Reviewed Apr 10, 2017

Overall Rating

Camped at Upper Scorpion for one night in April 2017. Both campgrounds are open again after a major road repair following a washout.

The campground is set up for tents, but they are cool with campers setting up in the lot. The lot isn't particularly level, but it's workable. I'd say there is decent room for large rigs, but large rigs aren't recommended on the roads to get to the Gila Cliff Dwellings so it's a moot point.

Water and dump station is available at the Visitor Center, a couple of miles down the road.

The site isn't incredible, but hey...it's in a national monument and it's free.

If Upper or Lower Scorpion isn't your thing, there is a ton (and I mean a ton) of boondocking available in campsites and dispersed between Gila Hot Springs and Silver City.

There is zero service at this campground - the closest service you'll get is at least an hour down the road in Silver City.

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glasgows_onthego

28 Ford Four Winds Five Thousand
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
89 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 0
Site Number: 0

glasgows_onthego would stay here again

“Closed due to road washed out.”

Reviewed Jan 19, 2017

Overall Rating

Road washed out and campsite closed, call park first.

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Hookups:
  • dry camping
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
Facilities:
  • restrooms: vault
Pets:
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