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CAMPGROUND NAME: Coal Mine Canyon

VISIT DATE: 05/28/1999

UPDATE DATE: 3/25/2013

STATE: New Mexico

REGION: Southwestern

RANGER DISTRICT: Mt. Taylor

NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Grants

RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation

DIRECTIONS:
In Grants, NM, at intersection of State Rt. 122 (Santa Fe Ave.)
and First St., take First St. north and go 0.9 miles to Roosevelt
Ave. (State Rt. 547).  Turn right onto Rt. 547 and go 0.4 miles
to Lobo Canyon.  Turn left, staying on Rt. 547, and go 9.7 miles
to campground sign.  Turn right at sign into campground.

GENERAL COMMENTS:
The elevation is 7,400 ft.

The campground is a single loop with sites on an uphill and
downhill side.  The downhill side has sites with some shade from
mature Ponderosa pine, juniper and Gambel oaks.  The uphill sites
lack shade, but are dotted with with juniper and Gambel oaks.  The 
uphill sites also feature stone walls for table and grille area. 
A deep sink is located at the bathroom for dish washing.

SEASONS
Open Seasonal: Yes
Open All Year: No

Seasonal Comment:
Open May 15 through September 30.

RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED
Rate: $5 per day
Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14

CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION
No. RV Sites: 0
No. Tent Sites: 0
No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 15
   
   Total Sites: 17

Tent Pads: No
Open Sites: Yes
Wooded Sites: Yes

No. Tables on Sites: 16
No. Grilles on Sites: 15
Equestrian Camping:  No

RV INFORMATION
Hookups: None
No. RV Pull Throughs: 6
Waste Station: No
Average Parking Apron Size: 11' X 45'

Comments:
Some parking aprons are paved and others are gravel.  An RV
waste station is available for a fee at the Lavaland Campground 
(private), south of Interstate 40 just off Exit 85.

FACILITIES
Vaults: Yes
Flush Toilets: No
Hot Showers: No
Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes

Public Phone: No
Playground: No
No. Water Spigots: 0

WATER SPORTS - None

HIKING
Coal Mine Nature Trail (foot) - 0.25 miles

FISHING - No

CAMPGROUND NAME: Fourth of July VISIT DATE: 05/25/1999 UPDATE DATE: 3/25/2013 STATE: New Mexico REGION: Southwestern RANGER DISTRICT: Mountainair NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Tajique RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: In Tajique, NM, take AO13/Forest Rt. 55 (gravel) west 7.1 miles to an intersecting road on the right. Turn right (campground sign will be visible after turn) into campground. NOTE: Forest Rt. 55 becomes dirt, rough and single-lane roadway. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 7,500 ft. The campground is composed of two loops - Gallo and Masca. The sites are nestled among a leafy middlestory of maple and oak and an overstory of Ponderosa pine. The variety and density of the maples and oaks make this campground a delightful fall forest experience. NOTE: Only pop-up tent trailers and tents are permitted. This is bear and cougar country; practice safe food storage techniques. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open April through October. RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $7 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 5 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 20 Total Sites: 25 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 24 No. Grilles on Sites: 24 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 12' X 33' Comments: The parking aprons are gravel. Only pop-up tent trailers (and tents) are permitted. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots: 0 No. Threaded: 0 WATER SPORTS - None HIKING Crimson Maple Trail (foot) - 0.5 miles Spring Trail Loop (foot) - 0.25 miles Fourth of July Trail #173 (foot and horse) - 1.3 miles Provides access to Manzano Mountain Wilderness FISHING - No

CAMPGROUND NAME: McGaffey VISIT DATE: 05/29/1999 UPDATE DATE: 3/20/2013 STATE: New Mexico REGION: Southwestern RANGER DISTRICT: Mt. Taylor NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Gallup RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From the east side of Gallup, NM, on State Rt. 118, take Interstate 40 east 7.6 miles to Exit 33 (McGaffey - State Rt. 400). At end of exit ramp, turn right onto Rt. 400 and go 7.8 miles to campground sign. Turn right at sign onto a gravel road and go 0.4 miles to campground entrance. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 7,640 ft. The campground, one of two in the McGaffey Lake Recreation Area, is located 0.5 miles from McGaffey Lake. The sites are comfortably located in Ponderosa pine with good separation. Some sites have a scenic view of grassy fields. All sites have attractive fire pits with a stone ledge around them. All tent sites are walk-in. Historic US Rt. 66 passes through Gallup, NM. NOTE: Current drought conditions have reduced McGaffey Lake to little more than a puddle. Contact the district for status. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open May 15 through September 30. RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $10 per day - no hookups $15 per day - electric hookups Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 19 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 10 Total Sites: 29 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 29 No. Grilles on Sites: 29 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION No. Full Hookups (includes waste): 0 No. Water and Electric Only: 0 No. Water Only: 0 No. Electric Only: 6 No. RV Pull Throughs: 10 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: See RV Comments Comments: The parking aprons are gravel. The pull-throughs will accommodate almost any size RV. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots: 1 No. Threaded: 1 WATER SPORTS Lake: Yes Swimming (provided): No Sailing: No Boat Ramp: No Boat Carry Down Access: No Power Boating: Yes Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: No Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: McGaffey Lake is 3 acres. Electric motors only. HIKING Strawberry Canyon Nature Trail (foot, mountain bike & interpretive) - 1.5 miles FISHING Catfish, Rainbow and Triploid trout

CAMPGROUND NAME: New Canyon VISIT DATE: 05/25/1999 UPDATE DATE: 3/25/2013 STATE: New Mexico REGION: Southwestern RANGER DISTRICT: Mountainair NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Tajique RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From Tajique, NM, take State Rt. 55 south 8.8 miles to campground sign (County Rt. B065). Turn right onto Rt. B065 and go 0.3 miles to "Y" intersection. Bear right onto Forest Rt. 245 and go 4.5 miles to campground. NOTE: Starting with County Rt. B065, the roads are dirt. Forest Rt. 245 is rough, single-lane and steep in places. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 7,800 ft. The campground, rustic and secluded, is located along the side of a canyon among a mixture of pine and oak trees. Some sites have good separation providing privacy. Stonework created by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) is evident throughout the campground. There are some rather pleasant disbursed camping sites along Forest Rt. 245 on the way to campground. SEASONS Open Seasonal: No Open All Year: Yes NOTE: Due to fire damage, campground is closed. Contact the ranger district office for status. RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: No charge Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 10 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 0 Total Sites: 10 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 10 No. Grilles on Sites: 9 Equestrian Camping: No FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots: 0 WATER SPORTS - None HIKING New Canyon Trail #101 (foot and horse) - 2.1 miles Provides access to the Manzano Mountain Wilderness FISHING - No

CAMPGROUND NAME: Ojo Redondo VISIT DATE: 05/29/1999 UPDATE DATE: 3/25/2013 STATE: New Mexico REGION: Southwestern RANGER DISTRICT: Mt. Taylor NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Thoreau RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: In Thoreau, NM, take State Rt. 612 south 13.9 miles to end of pavement. Continue straight onto gravel roadway (unmarked Forest Rt. 178) and go 9.2 miles to "T" intersection and campground sign. Turn left at intersection and go 2.7 miles on unmarked Forest Rt. 480 to campground sign. Turn right into campground. NOTE: Forest Rt. 480 is single-lane with few turnouts. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 8,900 ft. The campground, pack it in, pack it out, is located at the end of a scenic drive beside a very pretty meadow among Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir and aspen. The campground name is old Spanish name meaning "round spring." The adjacent meadow features a meandering stream which attracts a variety of wild life. SEASONS Open Seasonal: No Open All Year: Yes RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: No charge Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 13 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 2 Total Sites: 15 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 15 No. Grilles on Sites: 15 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 2 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: Not Applicable Comments: The parallel parking aprons are gravel. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots: 0 WATER SPORTS - None HIKING - No FISHING - No

CAMPGROUND NAME: Quaking Aspen VISIT DATE: 05/29/1999 UPDATE DATE: 3/25/2013 STATE: New Mexico REGION: Southwestern RANGER DISTRICT: Mt. Taylor NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Gallup RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From the east side of Gallup, NM, on State Rt. 118, take Interstate 40 east 7.6 miles to Exit 33 (McGaffey - State Rt. 400). At end of exit ramp, turn right onto Rt. 400 and go 5.3 miles to campground sign. Turn right at sign into campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 7,600 ft. The campground, one of two in the McGaffey Lake Recreation Area, is located 3 miles from McGaffey Lake. It is rustic with Ponderosa pine and Gambel oak. Grassy fields in the area make for potential wild life viewing. Tear-drop interior road makes it difficult for RVs to make a second pass. Historic US Rt. 66 passes through Gallup, NM. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open May 15 through September 30. RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $5 per day. Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 13 Total Sites: 13 Tent Pads: Yes Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 13 No. Grilles on Sites: 13 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 8 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 18' X 32' Comments: The parking aprons are gravel. Pull-throughs can accommodate large RVs. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots: 0 WATER SPORTS Lake: Yes Swimming (provided): No Sailing: No Boat Ramp: No Boat Carry Down Access: No Power Boating: Yes Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: No Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: McGaffey Lake is 3 acres; electric motors only. HIKING Strawberry Canyon Nature Trail (foot, mountain bike, interpretive) - 1.5 miles. The trail is located in McGaffey campground, about 2 miles further down State Rt. 400. FISHING Catfish, Rainbow and Triploid trout

CAMPGROUND NAME: Red Canyon VISIT DATE: 05/27/1999 UPDATE DATE: 3/25/2013 STATE: New Mexico REGION: Southwestern RANGER DISTRICT: Mountainair NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Tajique RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From Tajique, NM, take State Rt. 55 south 9.1 miles to campground sign at "Y" intersection. Bear right at sign onto State Rt. 131 and go 2.4 miles to another campground sign. Turn right at sign and go 2.4 miles to another "Y" intersection. Bear right and go 0.8 miles to equestrian section. Bear left and go 0.1 miles to RV/tent section. NOTE: Access road is single-lane and turns into gravel after 0.5 miles. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 8,000 ft. The campground is composed of two sections - Upper/Horse camp and Lower/RV and tent camp. The equestrian section is the smaller section and includes small corrals. Horses are not permitted in the larger Lower section but all campers are welcomed in the Upper section. The campground is nicely wooded with Ponderosa, juniper and a variety of other conifers and is convenient to Manzano Mountain Wilderness. It seems undiscovered and is excellent destination for hikers and horseback riders. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open April through November. RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $7 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 38 Total Sites: 38 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 11 No. Grilles on Sites: 11 Equestrian Camping: Yes RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 9 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 12' X 36' Comments: The parking aprons are gravel. An RV waste station with potable water is available for a fee at the nearby Manzano State Park. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots: 0 WATER SPORTS - None HIKING Spruce Spring Trail #189 - 3.4 miles Red Canyon Trail #89 - 2.4 miles Box Canyon Trail #99 - 1.4 miles All trails are foot and horse and access the Manzano Mountain Wilderness. FISHING - No




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