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Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping

About

National Forest

Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands

Welcome to Six Mile Canyon, a dispersed camping area nestled in the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands in New Mexico. This spot is a hidden gem for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle. The area is known for its peaceful atmosphere and beautiful scenery, with green canyon bluffs and rolling hills providing a picturesque backdrop.

One of the standout features here is the sense of seclusion. Visitors have noted that the campsites are spaced far apart, giving you plenty of privacy. It's a great place to unwind and enjoy nature without the crowds. However, be prepared for a bit of a rough ride getting in. The road can be bumpy and muddy, especially after rain, so a vehicle with good clearance or 4WD is recommended.

While the area lacks amenities like toilets, showers, and drinking water, it makes up for it with its natural beauty and tranquility. Fires are allowed, so you can enjoy a cozy campfire under the stars. Pets are welcome too, so feel free to bring your furry friends along for the adventure.

For those who need to stay connected, some spots offer decent cell coverage, though it can be spotty depending on your provider. If you're lucky, you might even catch a stunning sunrise or sunset over the canyon.

Whether you're setting up a tent or parking an RV, Six Mile Canyon offers a serene escape with plenty of room to explore. Just remember to pack out what you pack in and leave no trace to keep this beautiful area pristine for future visitors.

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Location

Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping is located in New Mexico

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Coordinates

35.47909973343197 N
108.46162714931563 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
    Unknown
  • Verizon
    Good
  • AT&T
    Good
  • T-Mobile
    Fair

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Dispersed

Features

For Campers

  • Phone Service
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

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27 Reviews

m
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2024

Watch out for rain

I’m actually stuck here as I’m writing this because the rain washed out the road, and everything is so muddy. I was tired and the weather app said only a 50% chance of rain for an hour, but boy was that wrong. A nice spot besides that, close to the highway but far enough away to not have much noise. I would avoid it in the future without something 4x4 though.

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping by matt M., June 22, 2024
  • Review photo of Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping by matt M., June 22, 2024
James G.
Reviewed May. 20, 2024

Beautiful spot!

This was a great find along the 40. The road is a bit long but it follows the 40 most of the way and is accessible for most cars. Though lower clearance may need to be careful at certain points. We found that the spots were far apart so we didn't have anyone near us.

I would definitely stay here again.

Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping by James G., May 20, 2024
Britt T.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 3, 2024

Great out of the way

Stayed for ten days only saw three other campers. Very peaceful, rough in and out but made it with ease. wAtch out if it rains very muddy roads

Sitedispersed
Month of VisitMay
Rainer R.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2024

Great spot

Great Spot! Clean and easy to find. A bit bumpy to access. 2WD will only bring you to the first two sites. We were told from another camper that for all others you will need 4WD . Also it seems the access can become muddy after rain. You will probably need 4WD in that case too.

Month of VisitMay
KThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2024

Great little hideaway

Found this using this app. Spent three days/ two nights here. Set up by the little canyon and hiked down. Very peaceful.

SiteB4
Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping by Kevin C., April 18, 2024
  • Review photo of Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping by Kevin C., April 18, 2024
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Lea B.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2024

Quiet location with great cell coverage

The area is beautiful with a winding road that takes you farther if you want to go. I drove in about .25 mile and found a nice spot that others had used as a camp site.

The road getting to Six Mile Canyon is a little rough due to ruts, but we did fine in a Class C. Just went really slowly.

Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping by Lea B., April 17, 2024
  • Review photo of Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping by Lea B., April 17, 2024
  • Review photo of Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping by Lea B., April 17, 2024
Twan M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2024

Hidden Gem

Just off & along the interstate, you’d never know. The valley road cuts through green canyon bluffs and rolling hills with good tree coverage. Lots of fun and scenic driving. Spur trails are good 4x4 drives. The main road is 2wd friendly for a long way, with probably 10-15 camping sites/options along the way. Very beautiful and peaceful.

Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping by Twan M., April 7, 2024
  • Review photo of Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping by Twan M., April 7, 2024
  • Review photo of Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping by Twan M., April 7, 2024
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Brandon S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2023

Not sure what's better pilot gas station or this area

This is just down the road from a pilot gas station so that aspect is nice.

Very rough road would suggest 4*4 or clearance for bad weather access. I had an awd car and made it but I didn't go more than a few miles past the actual start of camping areas for fear of being washed out. Not a lot of space from a spot to camp and the road. Also not a lot of spaces that have been " broken in". Has free roaming cows as well.

Again I would almost just stay at the gas station unless your vehicle is able to handle a rough road.

Also I have T-Mobile and had a hell of a time with reception you get it but not consistent or strong at all 1-2 bars.

Sitea lil nook on a hill
Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping by Brandon S., October 2, 2023
  • Review photo of Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping by Brandon S., October 2, 2023
Meggy B.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2023

Quiet and private with awesome views!

We arrived after dark and found it with ease. No amenities but very close to Flying J! The dirt road was dry but you could tell after a rain it would be impassable. We drove about 3 miles past the second gate and found a great little pull off and woke up to a beautiful sunrise. Highly recommend!

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Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping by Meggy B., April 22, 2023
  • Review photo of Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping by Meggy B., April 22, 2023
  • Review photo of Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping by Meggy B., April 22, 2023
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Michael S.
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2022

Beautiful view, some noise

Found a little spot right on the road on top of the hill. Great views but road noise. 4 bars lte on Verizon

Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping by Michael S., September 20, 2022
  • Review photo of Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping by Michael S., September 20, 2022
Bob & Ramona F.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2022

"Iffy" to get to.....

Not able to access this site of ours trained in the last week. It's a 1 lane road to get to site. Just before the "T" there is an area when all the water goes thru. This is a sandy/dirt crossing and would be fine if no water. There had been some in the area and while it wasn't raining that day, there was 12"+ deep of mud to cross. Can't imagine the challenge of our was dry upon arriving and trained overnight! Take caution and watch the weather reports before attempting. We had to back up about 1/2 mile as there was no place to turn around.

SiteN/A
Month of VisitSeptember
Ramona F.
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2022

Rain

We tried to get down to it. Do not attempt after rain. People get stuck!!

Sitenone
Month of VisitSeptember
CThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2022

Perfect over night stay

Right off the 40. Gate was open and had a perfectly flat spot we pulled into at night so I didn’t unhitch my travel trailer. Stayed right next to the stable. Most of the area has swamp around it so watch where you’re going and watch the mosquitoes.

Sitestable
Month of VisitAugust
TC A.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2022

Windy AF!!

Great location close to flying J on the 40. Stopped for the night. 3 stars because the gate is closed and the wind. I would prefer to drive off into the yonder more. Photo of sign on other side of gate FYI. Other photo shows 40 in the distance. Two to three bars on Verizon.

Siteat gate
Month of VisitApril
b
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2022

Close to Highway, Good for a night stop

We arrived after dark and didn’t have much trouble finding the site. The gate to the road was closed as others have said, but we just parked in front of the gate in the lot. The was one other van parked and we had no trouble in our 2WD minivan. It did look like you could follow the road up the hill to the left, but we didn’t. Noise from the highway was not a problem.

Month of VisitFebruary
Abby M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2021

Very peaceful

I only stayed one night while passing through but it was very quiet. Some highway noise if you stay near the entrance but once you head back, it gets quiet. No services or amenities so pack in and pack out. There’s a gas station about 7 minutes away. Beautiful sunsets and plenty of coyotes howling in the early morning. Felt safe and would stay again!

Month of VisitDecember
  • Review photo of Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping by Abby M., November 6, 2021
  • Review photo of Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping by Abby M., November 6, 2021
  • Review photo of Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping by Abby M., November 6, 2021
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Ruby D.
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2021

Good Enough

While driving cross country, my friend and I were just looking for a place to camp for the night, relatively hassle free. We put “Six Mile rd” into our GPS and it took us to one of those dirt roads that runs right along the highway. We made the mistake of going in the dark, and we got lost and wound up in a residential neighborhood because we were convinced there was no way the campsites were out the highway rd. The road also said rd work, no access ahead, so we thought we couldn’t even get to it. When we made it, it was hard to tell if there were any campsites, as we didn’t see anyone else camping. We went up a steep hill and there was a huge washout and our car almost fell down nearly 10 feet. In the end, we just pulled off the road and parked for the night. The highway was visible and super loud all night long. My tip, DONT TRY TO FIND IT IN THE DARK!

Month of VisitSeptember
Mark M.
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2021

Close to I-40

Be careful taking the road past the parking lot! There is a deep mud pit on the right that looks just like normal dirt. When going in stay to the left, and when leaving stay right

GPS led me to the wrong location as I'm sure it did many - route yourself to Six Mile Canyon RD instead, it should take you to these coordinates:

Lat: 35.439524 Lon: -108.545567

You'll see the lot at first. I couldn't tell if there were campsites there or not (looked like they were at least walk ins, but it's so quiet I'm sure you could do whatever here).

I took the road back. I was skeptic because it looked real beat up and I'm driving a Kia Forte, but it took me back to a campsite when I took a right at the fork. It only took about 3 min to get there, no idea how far back you need to go if you take the left at the fork.

Overall they're quite sites tucked away. My site has a very primitive fire pit, not sure if it's like that at every site. It's also super buggy out here so make sure to bring spray!

Saw a lot of people saying it's right off the highway, it's maybe about 5/10 minutes back once you get the right exit, so not bad at all if you need a night to just crash.

Month of VisitAugust
MThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2021

Good spot away from the Interstate

Nice sites for an overnight stop over away from the noise and traffic of the interstate.

A little difficult to find but once we did we had a very peaceful night under a star filled sky. 

Keep free camping alive by keeping campsites litter free.

A little clean up goes along way.

Month of VisitJune
s
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2021

Quick and Remote

Right off I-40, this little gem is tucked just to the side of the interstate. Gravel roads to get to the sites but we made it to a site with a little Honda Accord without issues. Open areas with a huge beautiful sky overhead.

Month of VisitJuly
AThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 11, 2021

Perfect spot for a few days of camping no no

We are doing a trip across the country, looking for cheap to free campsite and this one wast perfect. Right off the Interstate, the sign can be easily missed so keep an eye out. We drove 3 miles down a dirt road before picking our spot. You could easily park anywhere but they have some spots with fire-pits, there are no hook ups or water so be prepared.

Sitethe spots aren’t marked
Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping by Alexzandra G., May 11, 2021
  • Review photo of Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping by Alexzandra G., May 11, 2021
  • Review photo of Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping by Alexzandra G., May 11, 2021
Michele D.
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2021

Right next to the highway, but you’d never know it was there

We just needed a place to spend the night and arrived late in the evening, so unfortunately we weren’t able to explore the area. We only drove about 1.5 miles passed the gates, but we saw several camp spots with fire rings. The road is grated and well maintained. We really weren’t sure what to expect, but this was such a beautiful spot we’re planing a trip back with friends so we can explore more.

Month of VisitMay
Nat&Rach C.
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2021

Great spot for a night’s sleep

Quick drive to this surprisingly secluded place to spend the night on our way through. Road situation is a little confusing—pin drops up to the left, but as we left in the morning we saw some folks who had taken the right side of the initial fork, so seems like both ways are an option. For the left side, the road to the dispersed sites is quite lopsided so I’d avoid it with a top heavy vehicle like our heavy ass van, Reggie. But otherwise great night spent here. The stars were bomb dot com.

Abraham
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2021

Not open December through March

The road is closed to 6 mile canyon and the dispersed camping there; I stayed outside the fence for the night and had no issues. You can hear the highway but its not a huge issue.

  • Review photo of Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping by Abraham , January 5, 2021
  • Review photo of Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping by Abraham , January 5, 2021
C
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2020

Easy stop on the way to Flagstaff

We stopped here for the night and caught a nice sunset. The gate to dispersed camping is closed but we parked outside of the gate with no issues for the evening

  • Review photo of Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping by Chelsey M., December 21, 2020
Jeff K.
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2020

Yup, it's dispersed camping.

Nothing fancy. Close to I-40 but you can get far enough away to limit road noise. Road is good enough to drag a camper back. Sites are pretty decent sized. Good place to camp for the night of going climbing around Gallup.

Jennifer  C.
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2020

Free Dispersed Camping

This is a nice area with free dispersed camping. The road in is dirt and gravel and could easily get rutted out when rainy. There are several spots along the road the first being right after the cattle guard after the sign. There are more spots farther in when you get to the trees. Although the road does get worse the farther in you go. Near highway 40 but far enough away the noise doesn’t bother you.

  • Review photo of Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping by Jennifer  C., November 16, 2020
  • Review photo of Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping by Jennifer  C., November 16, 2020
  • Review photo of Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping by Jennifer  C., November 16, 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the elevation of Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping?

Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping is located at 6896 feet.

Are fires allowed at Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Six Mile Canyon - Dispersed Camping?

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