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LOWER FIR GROUP AREA, NM

part ofLincoln National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: LOWER FIR GROUP AREA
Status: Closed through Thu May 08 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Lower Fir Group Area is a high-energy and highly popular group campground in the Sacramento Mountain area. The site is set away from public roads, so that outside noise is non-existent, leaving only the sweet sounds of rustling aspen leaves.

The campground sits within the Lincoln National Forest, which spans 1.1 million acres of undisturbed landscape. Spend your days exploring the mountain trails, or head west for a day trip to White Sands National Monument, the world's largest dune field of pure, white gypsum sand. Bring your camera and binoculars for the chance to observe wild elk, deer, birds, and even an occasional black bear.

Natural Features:

Lower Fir Group sits at a high elevation of 9,000 ft., providing visitors with dramatic views of the Tularosa Basin and lush mountain meadows surrounded by pine, fir, aspen and oak trees.

Recreation:

An open meadow, ideal for activities like volleyball or horseshoes, is adjacent to the campground. The Rim Trail is a short hike or drive away, offering epic views, rocky inclines, and switchbacks for adventurous mountain bikers, hikers, and horse-back riders. A few miles south, the same trail opens up to motorcyclists as well.

Facilities:

This is one of the only group sites with water access. Lower Fir comfortably fits groups as large as 70, and it's connected to Upper Fir Group, and even larger facility accommodating up to 120 visitors.

Nearby Attractions:

The campground is a mile from the village of Cloudcroft, a quaint mountain town with New Mexico's only standing railroad trestle. Trails for ATVs are near the area, too.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Grills
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water (Seasonal)
Know Before You Go
  • Call (575) 682-7570 or (575) 443-4067 prior to arrival to get the lock combination.
  • There is no public phone.
  • There is no water at this site; water may be obtained at Deerhead Campground until Labor Day.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit don'tmovefirewood.org.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit don'tmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
32.96694, -105.71889
32°58'1"N, 105°43'8"W

From Alamogordo take US 82 east, go 17 miles, just past Cloudcroft. Turn left (northwest) onto NM 244. Go approximately 1 mile. Turn right onto Forest Road 422. Go approximately 1/4 mile. Campground is on the left.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

LOWER FIR GROUP AREA
PO BOX 836
CLOUDCROFT NM 88317

Phone Number:

Information: (575)682-7570
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