This forested camp tucks you far away from the urban grind so you can really kick back and relax, but despite its name, Water Canyon Campground isn’t somewhere where you want to show up empty-handed when it comes to hydration. Hikers may enjoy the nearby Mesa Trailhead, and hunting is an additional recreational opportunity.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
14 sites
Up to guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.

Horseback riding
Off-roading (OHV)
Snow sports
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Water Canyon Campground.

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Hipcamper Layne
Layne S.
didn't provide a recommendation.
October 1st, 2017

The sites here are situated along a curving road, with the outer sites a bit higher up than the interior ones. Some have more foliage cover than others, but generally the level of privacy is not high. However, the mountain is beautiful, full of pines and aspens. There are clean and well-maintained pit toilets and potable water. Each site has a picnic table and a flat, sandy tent pad; there's not enough flat space otherwise to pitch a tent. Overall, a pleasant place, but better as an overnight stop than a place to pause for a few days.

Hipcamper Robert
Robert D.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 21st, 2018

Our visit was middle of May 2018 for 3 days. Good spot to hunker down a few days. Good review by Layne here but there is NOT potable water at campsite. Terrific atmosphere, remote and lightly used campground, concrete picnic tables at each site, good toilets. 35 miles to groceries and gas. Disbursed camping sites available very nearby to use the very good toilets at the campground. Privacy at campground is low. Hiking from there is excellent with most the best hiking uphill directly above the campground up a forest road one mile then onto well maintained trails. Almost all trails gaining elevation so all downhill walking out. It's 10 degrees cooler on average than Socorro about 35 miles away. We loved the remote feeling.

Cibola National Forest
New Mexico
United States
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34.025° N, 107.132° W
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Tent / RV / Trailer: 14 Sites
(Up to people per site)

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