Located 40 miles north of Silver City, the Gila Hot Springs Campground is also just 4 miles from the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. The Gila National Forest and Gila Wilderness surround this private establishment owned by the Campbell family, with geothermal springs and a campsite along the Gila River.
Alan and Carla Campbell opened Gila Hot Springs Campground in 1992. The hot springs are particularly well-liked by those who like being in a more “roughing-it” kind of environment than their usual hot springs. The plan was to build a campground near some natural hot springs so that vacationers could enjoy the springs and the outdoors.
Natural Hot Springs Pools
The three pools at the hot springs campground are surrounded by rocks and have gravel floors. Typically, the water in the pools is heated to between 101 and 104°F, but the hot spring source reaches a temperature of 140°F.
You’ll find cold and hot drinking water taps near the “dragon spout” beside the pool. You can choose a pool that suits you perfectly since each has its own character and temperature.
The property is open to both day and night visitors, but to get the entire experience, it’s best to stay the night. Day usage is restricted from 9 am to 6 pm so that overnight guests can enjoy a quiet atmosphere while gazing at the night sky.
Even if no attendant is present, all visitors must check in and pay for a time slot in advance. All amenities except the campsites are available for day use.
For safety and sanitary concerns, no glassware, food, or smoking is permitted at the pools, but drinking water is acceptable. The springs pools are not to be used as baths or a place to wash dirty dishes.
A total of twelve campsites are spread out between the trees, providing plenty of separation and cool shade. There are no hookups; however, there are toilets (composting) and potable water nearby. Unfortunately, there is no running water, no garbage cans, or showers for guests.
Since the company doesn’t take credit cards, there is no need to pay a deposit; however, cancellations should be made known as soon as possible. If booked up, guests may always stay at one of the nearby Forest Service campsites for the night and then transfer there the next day when something opens up.
Rowdy behavior is not permitted since this spring area is a retreat for those looking for peace and quiet. Parties of more than eight people must get approval from the venue before booking.
Additional camping and lodging accommodations are available next door at the Gila Hot Springs Ranch & RV Park. It’s a separate business that has also been in the Cambell family since the 1940s.
Address: HC 68 Box 80, Silver City, New Mexico 88061
Hours: 9 am – 6 pm (for day use)