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McGaffey Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

This campground is situated in what was once the historic railroad logging and sawmill town of McGaffey.  McGaffey Campground was built in 1937 and lies west of the Continental Divide in the Zuni Mountains, at an elevation of approximately 8,000 feet.  It is the largest of the Mt. Taylor Ranger District campgrounds and has a volunteer host on site.  Mature ponderosa pine trees provide scenic settings and shade, while small hills provide some privacy.  Follow the road past the entrance, staying to the right to access the Oso and Page overnight sites.  Remember to pay attention to road conditions and your vehicle's abilities before driving off of the main road.  Please be respectful of our historic heritage as you explore the area.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Campground opens May 15 and closes September 15.
Reservations: No
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets
Fees $5.00/site for day use/picnic; $10.00/campsite; $15.00/site with electric & sewer hookups. Group sites: Wingate $100.00, Torreon $75.00, Tampico $50.00.
Open Season: May
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions: There is a 14 day stay limit for this campground; Trailers limited to less than 22 feet in length.
Closest Towns: Fort Wingate, NM
Water: Yes
Restroom: Vault Toilets (12); Accessible
Passes: Federal Recreational Lands Passes are accepted: 1/2 off usage fees with the Access and Senior Passes; Annual Pass not valid; Military Pass accepted. No pass use for group sites.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mt. Taylor Ranger District  (505) 287-8833

General Information


Take Exit 33 from I-40 east of Gallup, then drive south through Fort Wingate.  Continue 8 more miles on SR 400 to the campground entrance on the southwest side of the road.


CXT Toilets.

General Notes:

Sites: * 7 units with electric & sewer hookups, 22 campsites, 21 picnic sites, 3 group sites.

* Potable water is available at the Host Site. Fill or refill tanks at this location.

Access to the Strawberry Canyon Trail.

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Picnic tables
Fee charged for some activities Day use, Overnight, Group
Tent camping Yes
Accessible Toilets (12)
Camping trailer Limited to less than 22 feet in length
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