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McGaffey Campground


USDA Forest Service

Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands

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.

Reservation Info

29 campsites, 21 picnic sites, 3 group sites. There is a 14-day stay limit for this campground; Trailers limited to less than 22 feet in length.

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McGaffey Campground is located in Texas

Detail location of campground


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.


35.37072 N
108.52272 W

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3 Reviews

Robert G.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2023

Tall trees, far from I40, clean bathrooms

Great little campground if you love quiet. No hookups whatsoever so fill your water before you get here. The restrooms are some of the cleanest we’ve seen so there’s a big plus! The forest service website says 22’ max trailer but that’s not what we found! I’m in a 38’ motor home and there were NO tight spots at all! Site 10 is back in but we had 30’ to spare. No tow car this time. There’s an east 3 mile trail for those who like to hike/walk. You are 10 miles from I40 so no vehicular noise to deal with. NO cell service - at least AT&T so bring your Starlink if you’ve got it.

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Month of VisitJuly
Libby A.
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2022

Great campground! Plenty of space!

We discovered McGaffey while searching for a campsite that permitted fires , and I’m so glad we did. The sites are spread out and well-maintained. There is a trail alongside for hiking or bikes. There is no water or cell service, so plan on bringing a couple gallons with you. We’ve already been back a second time this month and will keep it at the top of the list as one of our favorites.

Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of McGaffey Campground by Libby A., July 26, 2022
Joy I.
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2021

Entrance closed

As of 10/15 the entrance was barricaded. The website did not give closure dates.

Month of VisitNovember

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the elevation of McGaffey Campground?

McGaffey Campground is located at 7762 feet.

Does McGaffey Campground have wifi?

No, according to campers on, McGaffey Campground does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at McGaffey Campground?

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