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UPPER FIR GROUP AREA, NM

part ofLincoln National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Thu May 08 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Upper Fir Group Area is one of the most popular campsites in the Sacramento Mountain area. Unique to its neighboring campgrounds, it's set far back from public roads, allowing for true peace and quiet.

The campground is on the northwestern portion of the Lincoln National Forest, a protected area spanning an incredible 1.1 million acres of land. Spend your days exploring the mountains, or head west for a day trip to explore White Sands National Monument, the world's largest dune field of pure, white gypsum sand.

Natural Features:

Set 9,000 feet above sea level in the Sacramento Mountains, Upper Fir Group Area is close to breathtaking scenic overlooks, spanning the far-reaching desert valley of the Tularosa Basin. The high-elevation region offers a mixture of pine, fir, aspen, and oak trees, with high mountain meadows full of wildflowers and blossoming plants.

Recreation:

An open meadow, perfect for sports like ultimate Frisbee or horseshoes, is connected 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. Further down, the same trail opens up to motorcyclists as well.

Facilities:

This is one of the only group sites with water access. Upper Fir comfortably fits groups as large as 120, and it's connected to Lower Fir Group if your party has a need for an additional group of up to 70 campers.

Nearby Attractions:

The campground is a mile from the town of Cloudcroft, a quaint tourist village with New Mexico's only standing railroad trestle.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Grills
  • Picnic Area
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water Spigot
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.
  • Upper Fir Group Area is at an elevation of 9,000ft, please exercise caution when traveling from lower elevation.
  • 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):
32.95833, -105.73306
32°57'30"N, 105°43'59"W

From Alamogordo, take US 82 east 17 miles through Cloudcroft. Turn left onto NM 244 towards Ruidoso and go 1/2 mile. Upper Fir Group Area is on Forest Road 422 at the end of the road.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

UPPER FIR GROUP AREA
PO BOX 836
CLOUDCROFT NM 88317

Phone Number:

Information: (575)682-7570
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