Strawberry Canyon Trail

Area Status: Open
Hiking along the Strawberry Canyon Trail in the Zuni Mountains

Strawberry Canyon Trailhead is located just east of the McGaffey Campground entrance where State Highway 400 becomes County Road 50. The trail passes along the eastern edge of the campground to a wooden bridge that crosses a drainage.  Continue across the bridge and begin the 1 and 1/4 mile ascent to the McGaffey Lookout Tower, about a 360 feet climb.  Notice the variation in plant life dependent upon the amounts of moisture found on different facing slopes.  Various tree species such as ponderosa pine, rocky mountain juniper, one-seeded juniper, alligator juniper and pinyon pine are found here, as well as various shrubs and seasonal flowering plants.  Many animal species live here and you may have the opportunity to view some of them as well.  This trail is enjoyed by hikers and bicyclists alike.  Please stay on the trail and be courteous to other trail users.

General Information

General Notes:

If utilize the campground: $5.00/site for day use (picnic/parking/hiking) and $10.00/site parking in one of the campsites.


Take Exit 33 from I-40 east of Gallup, then drive south through Fort Wingate.  Continue 8 more miles on State Highway 400 just past the McGaffey Campground entrance.  The parking area for the Strawberry Canyon Trailhead is just beyond the campground entrance on the right side of the road.

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Trailhead Elevation 8,000 feet