Magdalena Parks and Forests
Magdalena is surrounded by thousands of square miles of National Parks, National Forests, Wilderness Areas, and other Public Lands. Below are a few links that will get you started in planning that ultimate outdoor excursion.
Gila National Forest
The Gila National Forest, with its spectacular scenery, is one of the more remote and least developed National Forest in the Southwest and covers 3.3 million acres of publicly owned forest and range land.
Apache Kid Wilderness
Apache Kid Wilderness includes 44,650 acres of rugged canyons and peaks with 68 miles of often primitive trails provides high (and often dry) hiking, backpacking, horseback riding pleasures, and wildlife viewing – plus hunting in season. Apache Wilderness straddles southern San Mateo Mountains. For more information, call (575) 854-2281.
Box Canyon Recreation Area
Box Canyon is a popular site for camping, hiking, and rock climbing, and attracts both locals and knowledgeable visitors. Box Canyon is located approximately five miles west of Socorro off US 60. For more information and directions, call (575) 835-0412.
Datil Well Recreation Area
Datil Well Campground is a great place for the family and includes 3 miles of hiking trails with views of the San Augustin Plains. Campgrounds include grills, fire pits, and trash cans. For more information and a brochure, call (575) 835-0412.
Water Canyon Campground
Enjoy hiking, bird watching, picnicking, and camping at the foot of the Magdalena Mountains at Water Canyon Campground, 21 miles west of Socorro on US 60. For more information, call (575) 854-2281 or (575) 835-8927.
Seldom-visited 18,869-acre Withington Wilderness area ranging between 6,800 and 10,000 foot elevations has few trails. Located in the northeastern area of the San Mateo Mountains, Withington Wilderness includes hiking, backpacking, hunting, and wildlife viewing. For more information and directions, call (575) 854-2281.