|Water canyon is a popular camping area; in March when it was still cold, we were one of three groups camping here. Nearby are several hikes, and the area is popular with mountain bikers. Birders also enjoy the avian life in the canyon.|
|Campground data||Waypoints||Maps||Getting to the campground||About the campground||Plants around the campground||Comments|
When we visited it:
|Cleanliness:||4. We filled two shopping bags with litter that we picked up.||7. Most sites had small pieces of litter. One site had lots of litter, including a water bottle, two beer cans, and a dirty diaper.|
|General notes:||We put out the campfire of the people before us. They had poured a cooler of ice on it, but this was not sufficient to put it out.||It appeared as if someone had come through destroying signs, as many were broken, and pieces of signs were common in campsites.|
|Water Cyn CG||Campground||Water Canyon campground|
|Map name||Cartographer||Year||Scale||Topo map?||Online access||Notes|
|Gila National Forest||US Forest Service||1997||1:126720||N||from Amazon (purchase)||North half. Includes part of the Apache National Forest.|
|Wildernesses of New Mexico||US Forest Service||1981||1:1000000||N||No online copies.||Base map with national forests, wilderness areas and highways.|
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Getting to the campground:
From Socorro, head west on US 60 toward Magdalena till you are west of milepost 124. A sign on 60 indicates the left (south) turn, and then after about 4.6 miles you arrive at a junction where a sign says the campground is to the right. There is no place to turn right, but if you go straight, you will get to the campground. The picnic area and the road to the crest of the mountains is to your left.
About the campground:
This is looking across site 3 to site 4 where our truck is parked.
Site 8 is a typical site. You can see the gravel parking area. This campsite also has a tent pad.
Here is site 11, one without a tent pad. Note the close proximity of the piñon and juniper. The large number of wildflower stems makes me think that at the right time of year (and assuming sufficient precipitation), the wildflowers here might be quite nice.
Plants we saw around the campground:
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