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Water Canyon Campground
Water Canyon Campground
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Water Canyon Campground, New Mexico
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Description: This Magdalena Mountain camp at 6620ft has 12 camping sites and 14 picnicking sites plus a group camping section. Hiking/biking trail provides access to South Baldy Peak (10,783) nearby. To the west is the Very Large Array radio telescope complex on the Plains of San Augustin and to the east in the Rio Grande River Valley is the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Pronghorn antelope may be seen in the area. While historic logging and mining days are all but over, many other opportunities exist on the district. Recreational activities include hiking, camping, horseback riding, mountain biking, rock climbing, hunting, and four-wheeling to name a few. To host these activities, the district has five small-developed campgrounds including Water Canyon, Springtime, Luna Park, Beartrap and Hughes Mill. With limited use of the campgrounds primary recreational values are the many dispersed, primitive, and unconfined acres. Created in 1980, the Apache Kid and Withington Wilderness' are located in the San Mateo Mountains. Some 190 miles of trails are located throughout the district centered primarily in the Magdalena and San Mateo Mountains. Maintained roads total about 500 miles with another 600 miles of unimproved roads. Thompson Canyon is a noted popular rock climbing area with the challenging Enchanted Tower.

Location: 16 miles southeast of Magdalena via US 60 & FR 235   Latitude: 34.0242316   Longitude: -107.1303122

Address: Magdalena Ranger District
Cibola National Forest
Box 45
Magdalena, NM  87825
Phone: 575-854-2281

Season: March-November

Fee: no

Reservations: NO
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 Biking  Fishing  Picnicking
 Boating (Motorized)  Hiking/Backpacking  Scenic Driving
 Boating (Non-motorized)  Horseback Riding  
 Boating (WW)  Hunting  Water Sports
 Camping    Wildlife Viewing
 Caving  Off Highway Vehicles  Winter Sports

Services and Facilities
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  Exhibits  Campgnd, Primitive  Electric Hookup
 Interpretive Programs  Drinking Water  Dump Station
 Cultural-Historic Sites  Restrooms  Boat Ramp
 Campgnd, Developed  Showers  Marina
 Rental Cabins

Notes: Reservations REQUIRED for group site: call Ranger District at 575-854-2281.22 trailer limit; up to 70 people at group site.
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