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Datil Well Campground

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Datil Well Recreation Area Campground includes one of 15 water wells along the old Magdalena Livestock Driveway. The old cattle trail was established in the 1800s and stretched 120 miles from Springerville, Arizona, to Magdalena, New Mexico. The area includes 3 miles of hiking trails in piñon-juniper and ponderosa pine woodlands, with scenic views of the San Augustin Plains. The trail and vistas also offer an occasional glimpse of wildlife in a setting of quiet and solitude. You can close your eyes and almost hear the cattle lowing as they settle in for the night.

Please leave a clean camp and respect the facilities and natural surroundings. Pack it in. Pack it out.

There are 22 individual campsites, all with picnic tables, barbeque grills and fire pits. The 12 individual and group sites have shelters for shade. Restrooms and drinking water are available.

For a group site, call 575-835-0412.

Location / Access
The Datil Well Recreation Area Campground is off of US 60. Go 1 mile west of Datil on US 60 or south on NM 12.

Datil Well Recreation Area Campground

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Hiking/Backpacking Camping Picnicking Watchable Wildlife

There is no day-use fee; however, a $5 overnight camping fee is charged. 

Open year-round.

Recreation Guidelines
BLM Recreation Guidelines

Special Rules
May camp no longer than 7 days in a 28 day period- must move 25 miles and not return within 30 days.
Use of firearms is prohibited.
Trails in the area are for hiking only; motorized vehicles, horses and mountain bikes are prohibited.

BLM: Magdalena.
Socorro Vehicle Use & Recreation Map.
Download brochure for map of the campground.
See Contact Information below to obtain maps or visit the Public Lands Information Center.

Contact Information
Socorro Field Office
901 S. Highway 85
Socorro, NM 87801-4168