Apache Creek

Campground view
An unimproved campground amongst ponderosa pines on the northwest side of the Gila National Forest.

Campground data:

Controlling agency: Gila National Forest; Reserve Ranger District
Official URL:Forest service campground web page
Region: West-central; Near Reserve.
CG elevation: 6430ft; 1960m
Campsite count: 10. No campsite count. This campground has no set campsites, so where you park is your campsite (dispersed camping).
Visual density: 0.00. It depends on how many people are there and where they park.
Fee: $0.00.
Season: All year. Snow might affect winter usability.
Dogs: Yes.
Horses: Unknown.
Handicapped accessible: Unknown.
RV parking surface: dirt
RV pull-through spaces? Yes.
Campground facilities: vault toilet(s), cooking grill (10 installed. They have plans to add another 10.).
Campground attractions: cross-country skiing and/or snowshoeing, year-round access.

When we visited it:

Date: 2000-12-29 2006-01-01
Cleanliness: 7. Some areas were spotless, but we also found several large pieces of litter in the campground, in addition to the normal small litter. 7.


Waypoint Type Description
ACCGCampgroundApache Creek campground


Paper maps:
Map name Cartographer Year Scale Topo map? Online access Notes
Gila National Forest US Forest Service 1997 1:126720 N from Amazon (purchase) North half. Includes part of the Apache National Forest.
Wildernesses of New Mexico US Forest Service 1981 1:1000000 N No online copies. Base map with national forests, wilderness areas and highways.

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Getting to the campground:

On NM 12, about 15 miles NE of Reserve, the sign points to a southeast heading dirt road. The campground is on the right after a short distance.
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About the campground:

Another view of the campground
This campground is undeveloped except for a vault toilet. You get to pick your spot beside your favorite ponderosa.

Plants we saw around the campground:

Reader comments about this campground:

On Fri Oct 31 21:37:44 2003 Frederick West from Parkersburg WV 26104 said:
I loved it. just perfect. primitive and beautiful. I stopped for the night and stayed two weeks. lots of firewood and just a few people. friendly people at the country store & gas stop on the highway. they will give you water and conversation. kinda out in the middle of nowhere, not much to do except read or have coffee around the campfire. just laid back. a person should be self contained or self resorseful. no numbered sites just find a pretty place to park. a great vault toilet. you will have plenty of time to take photos and contemplate about the meaning of life. I'M GOING TO COME BACK THE FIRST CHANCE I GET. don't change a thing! APACHE CREEK is a special place...really just nice the way it is. its refreshing to stay in a beautiful place without paved roads plastic trash cans playgrounds electric hookups signs and more signs and numbered campsites and everything ultraorganized.


On Wed Nov 3 03:00:50 2004 Paul Bennett from Frome England said:
In early October 2004 my wife & her parents and I visited in a rented RV as we wanted somewhere peaceful and quiet for a night stop on a drive from Monument Valley UT to Tombstone AZ taking in the western edge of New Mexico.

In planning the route at home we had found Apache Creek on the internet and it sounded perfect. Well perfect is exactly what it is as indicated by the good and accurate photos on the website. The vault toilet our first! was clean and fresh.

We're birdwatchers and the birding was superb. There were a few groups of hunters camped up when we arrived and they were the friendliest bunch of guys you could meet. The gas station store about 400 yards away had all we needed.

We didn't need hookups and liked the campground so much we stayed an extra day and night and left reluctantly. This is the kind of site that would lose its character if it was developed we hope it stays exactly as it is. Would we come back? You bet!

On Tue Jan 3 20:47:43 2006 The webmaster from Albuquerque, NM said:
We revisited this site and can confirm the stories about the store across the highway (NM 12). If you camp here, you ought to stop in to pet the cat and learn some of the local history.

On Sat Apr 5 17:12:33 2008 The Beyers from Rio Rancho, NM said:
Very nice stay March 2008 for spring camping. Only one other camper with 3 RVs but all was quiet. Water froze at night but the days quickly warmed up with the morning sun.

We GPS our camp ground as N 33~49.729 W 108~37.677

Would highly recommend this with it being free, clean latrines, high fire pits, wide open areas and BTW now a dog at the general store, didn't see any cat.

So we tent camped with myself, boy 15, girls 16 & 17.

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