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Margies Cove West Campground


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Margies Cove West Campround includes day-use parking for ten vehicles, three campsites with picnic tables and steel fire rings, a vault toilet, and informational signage.The campground is adjacent to Margies Cove West Trailhead.

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Margies Cove West Campground is located in Arizona

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A high-clearance, two-wheel-drive vehicle is suitable for this road.To access the campground and trailhead, take Arizona Hwy 85 to Woods Road (just south of mile post 134) and turn east. At the cattleguard/dirt road, turn immediately left and follow the brown MARGIES COVE TRAIL signs which guide you west, then north, along the Hwy 85 fenceline, then east 3.8 miles to Route 8001E. Turn right, drive south 1.2 miles to the campground and trailhead.


Lower Sonoran Field Office 21605 N. 7th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85027


33.126417 N
112.582145 W

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4 Reviews

Dylan G.
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2024

Flies Galore

Sight is nice and deep in the Cove. The drive is not hard but it has it's bumps and it's fun and pretty drivable for most large-suvs or 4wd Cars/Suvs/trucks. The spot is very secluded and in a big wide open valley. The mountain's block out a lot of light pollution from the City so it get's very very dark. Really windy during the day but all in all was an enjoyable spot that makes the journey fun as well as on the way there there is a 5-10 mile dirt road perfect for rally racing.

Month of VisitJanuary
BThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2023

good God the flies

When I left the Margie Cove area, I crossed over 85 on Woods Road to old US 80, actually called historic  old US 80. Apparently a regiment of Mormon soldiers built a road some 2000 miles through the area in the 1840s when the US was stealing the land from Mexico and the indigenous peoples. Anyway, I found the source of the flies. There is a huge cattle stockyard about 2 miles from Woods Road.

Month of VisitJanuary
BThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2023

Just a mile off 85

A lot more flies than I remember ever having been here before. I think I've been here near the end of the year and I don't remember the flies being so plague.

BThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2022

Rustic, primitive, everything BLM promises

This is my second stay here in the last couple months. Currently it's mid February 2022. Just left Quartzsite  where there was just way too much congestion and price gouging. The Walmart in Buckeye is right off of I 10, and then 4 miles back west to Highway 85 will bring you down to Woods Avenue at that intersection there is a crossover and you can get into the BLM land clearly marked with a very small post that says Margies Cove Trail. I believe there is a campground somewhere back there but I have never been able to find it. First time I stayed here under the powerlines all by myself with one other camper in view was very quiet except for the crackling of the powerlines overhead. This time I chose to grab a spot just across the cattleguard and not too close to the powerlines. The highway is still visible and audible from here but it was easy. I have seen maybe five or six vehicles in any 24 hour period coming into the camping area. Some flies to deal with probably because of the dairy farm not too far away. Best part is that you can distance yourself as far as you want from any human being and just piss out the back door.

SiteJust inside the cattleguard
Month of VisitMarch
  • Review photo of Margies Cove West Campground by Butch K., February 17, 2022
  • Review photo of Margies Cove West Campground by Butch K., February 17, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Margies Cove West Campground have wifi?

No, according to campers on, Margies Cove West Campground does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Margies Cove West Campground?

According to campers on, Verizon signal is available, AT&T is good, and T-Mobile is good.