Water Canyon Campground

Cibola National Forest

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Water Canyon Rd.
Magdalena, NM 87825
505-854-2281
505-346-3804
Official Website

GPS: 34.0244, -107.1333

Last Price Paid: $0
Number of Sites: 16
Pad Type: dirt
Elevation: 6827 ft
Max Stay: 14
Max Length: 22 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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2 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

Access
Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise

Cell Phone Coverage

1bars
Verizon 3G
1bars
Verizon Voice Only
4 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: ?

Chas would stay here again

“great isolated camp, poor access road”

Reviewed Dec 01, 2016

Overall Rating

The short access road (~100 yards) was badly washed/rutted but managed to tiptoe my Accord in there w/o dragging. A camper in the adjoining group camp came by to borrow a match and marveled that I was able to get a sedan up it. Only a few sites have level tent pads but we managed to get one of those as there was only one other camper there, a delightful middle-aged hippie there to collect pine nuts. He came over to introduce himself, and make sure his dog wasn't bothering us (he wasn't), after his very well behaved dog came over and tried to give us the sad-eye panhandle as we snacked on beef jerky. Perfectly quiet campground - no boomboxes, RV generators, road noise. Wonderful view of moon rise over cliffs from our tent window. "It don't get no better than this" - unless they run a grader up the access road. A neat Vinegaroon wandered by our tent one evening, no stinger but they spray acetic acid (vinegar) if disturbed. Bosque del Apache NWR is nearby and worth a visit during waterfowl migrations.

Access
Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise

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A. Christensen
SD
Chevrolet Express 2500
44 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 3

A. Christensen would stay here again

“Nice, functional, but nothing spectacular”

Reviewed Jun 01, 2016

Overall Rating

I read somewhere that this is a very popular spot, but I arrived the Tuesday after Memorial Day and the crowds had gone home. There were just three of us in the campground. The road from US60 is paved most of the way. The unpaved section is relatively short with some chunky patches, but sedans made it to the campground. A tight turn might be a problem for some rigs. Vault toilets, trash bins, tables, fire rings, the usual dry camping setup. The sites aren't very big, the campground having been built before the days of monster RVs. Several sites have tent pads. A couple of sites are double wide. There's a group camp farther down the road but it's gated and available only via reservations. Cell service jumped between one bar of 3G and 1X but mostly no service. It's in a canyon, after all.

Access
Location
Cleanliness
Noise
1bars
Verizon 3G
1bars
Verizon Voice Only

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Hookups:
  • dry camping
Recreation:
  • picnic area
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
Facilities:
  • restrooms: vault

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