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Upper Scorpion Campground

Gila National Forest

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Hwy 15 Silver City, NM 88061 505-536-2250 505-388-8201 Official Website

GPS: 33.2305, -108.2609

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Overview of Upper Scorpion Campground

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
Learn more: Boondocking 101

Number of Sites 10

Pad Type asphalt

Elevation 5,675 ft / 1,729 m

Max Stay 15

Tent Camping Yes

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Reviews of Upper Scorpion Campground 2 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

Overall Rating
Site Quality
“Great basecamp for hiking and backpacking.”

Reviewed 5/21/2018

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 4
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.)

Site Quality

Live Small Ride Free would stay here again

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of

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Sun Valley, ID 20' Forest River R-Pod Ford F-150
96 reviews
“It's Open!”

Reviewed 4/10/2017

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
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'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.

Site Quality

TigerNomad would stay here again

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of

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Site Amenities
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • restrooms: vault
  • pets


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