Area Status: Open

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

Current Conditions: no water
Reservations: No reservations
Area Amenities: Accessible, Tent camping, Camping trailer, Fee charged for some activities, Picnic tables, Toilets
Fees: Camping - $10.00/vehicle; Day use Picnic  - $5.00/vehicle
Group sites: Wingate $100.00, Torreon $75.00, Tampico $50.00.
Open Season: May 15 - October 15
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: No Water
Restroom: Vault Toilets (12); Accessible
Passes: Federal Recreational Lands Passes are accepted for day use: 1/2 off single campsites with the Access and Senior Passes. 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: * 29 campsites, 21 picnic sites, 3 group sites.


Access to the local trails.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Group Camping


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

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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