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Gila National Forest
Mesa Campground at Gila National Forest

Gila National Forest

Camping in Gila National Forest

While at Gila National Forest in New Mexico, each morning our campsite in the Mesa Campground on Lake Roberts was filled with dozens of bird species, and every evening we witnessed a gorgeous sunset over the mountains.  Mesa Campground is run by the forest service our site was first come, first serve, with water and electric for $15 per night (no dump station or sewer hookups). 

Sunset at Mesa Campground in Gila National Forest
Sunset at Mesa Campground in Gila National Forest
One our morning bird visits at Gila National Forest
One our morning bird visits at Gila National Forest

Motorcycle Roads

Not only was the campsite beautiful, but the surrounding roads were a motorcyclist’s delight. There was a road near our camp, NM-15 that winds through a series of esses, up and down and back again with sweepers, switch backs and amazing views. That road heads north to the Cliff Dwellings National Monument or you can turn south for a narrow, tight and treacherous run to Silver City. The south section is not recommended for RVs or trailers.

Deer near the road
Do you see it? We almost didn’t.

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

We took a self-guided toured of the Cliff Dwellings. The trail was a mile long hike that was fun and educational! 

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