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Let me tell you something, that refugee camp? It's built on the blood and tears of my people. Nobody likes to talk about it, but I remember.Oscar Velasco

Bitter Springs is an NCR refugee camp in the far northeastern side of the Mojave Wasteland in 2281.


The camp was established on the site of the Bitter Springs Massacre.[1] This event was the result of poor intel and miscommunication between NCR command and First Recon, leading to an attack on a Great Khans civilian settlement, resulting in the deaths of non-combatants.[2][3] Captain Gilles states that the NCR flag at the camp is upside down, intended to be a distress signal.[4][5]


The camp consists of NCR tents to the north and refugee tents at the south end of the camp. The doctor's tent is amongst the NCR tents facing the refugees and Captain Gilles can usually be found sitting by the campfire at the center. Great Khan graffiti can still be found around the area, including a ranger impaled by arrows, captioned "A GOOD RANGER." To the southwest, there are 12 graves, six on each side of a path. Atop one of the graves, a Great Khan spike helmet can be found.

Related quests


  • Bringing Cass as a companion upon visit may make her complain that the camp "stinks of piss and vomit."
  • Some NCR troopers may mutter something about a ghost haunting the mountains.
  • The NCR flag will be upside down until the quest No, Not Much is completed.
  • Irradiating the camp during the No, Not Much quest does not result in the inhabitants dying.
  • Sometimes a gecko or cazador can spawn in or near Bitter Springs and kill refugees.
  • All the refugees have crippled legs, but no health damage.
  • As with Camp Forlorn Hope and Goodsprings Cemetery, ghostly sounds can be heard among the graves.


Bitter Springs appears in Fallout: New Vegas.

Behind the scenes

Bitter Springs is a real world location of the same name.


  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 You can get infinite experience by doing Mister Sandman kills on a sleeping child (since they do not die) in one of the tents. Sometimes after an X amount of kills you might be teleported inside of a rock near Hidden Valley.[verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 You may find Captain Gilles typing on an invisible keyboard.[verified]



  1. Courier: "What happened at Bitter Springs?"
    Papa Khan: "When the NCR came to the Mojave, we thought they would be easy pickings. We raided their caravans, their towns, their camps - they couldn't stop us. At least, that's what we thought. They tracked us to Bitter Springs and surrounded us. When our children, our sick and old, fled through a nearby pass, the NCR gunned them down."
    Courier: "That doesn't sound like something the NCR would order."
    Papa Khan: "Oh, they claimed it was a miscommunication, but tell that to those who saw our families butchered. Tell it to the survivors who were banished here."
    (Papa Khan's dialogue)
  2. Courier: "What happened?"
    Boone: "Main force got spotted too soon. We heard shooting. Then Khans started coming through Canyon 37 in bunches. It was all wrong, though. Women, kids, elderly. Wounded started coming through, too. We radioed to confirm our orders but command didn't get what we were seeing. They told us to shoot till we were out of ammo. So that's what we did."
    (Boone's dialogue)
  3. Courier: "You were at Bitter Springs, I'm told."
    Major Dhatri: "Yeah, I was there. I was Captain Dhatri, then. That whole situation was a mess and could easily have been avoided with good intel. The major in charge at the time made a bad call - he thought Bitter Springs was full of Great Khan raiders, so we surrounded the place. By the time any of us realized there were civilians down there - women and children - the shooting had already started. The major froze up at the news, and we couldn't get another word out of him. I took over and salvaged the situation as best I could. For my effort, I was promoted to major. Not quite the way I'd have wanted it."
    (Dhatri's dialogue)
  4. Courier: "Why is the flag upside down?"
    Gilles: "Of course I'm aware. It's a distress call. This camp is in bad shape, and if we don't get relief soon, I don't know what will happen."
  5. [v15] BitterSpringsFlagInvertedREF [REFR:0012BA22]