Datil Well: Getting There

Datil Well campground is west of Socorro, New Mexico, off Highway 60. It’s about 140 miles from home for me. That’s a 3 hour drive in the RV.

We stopped at The Box just out of Socorro for a break. This is a popular area for rock climbing, hiking, and ATVs.

Highway 60 goes from Virginia Beach, Virginia to Santa Monica, California. This little stretch goes across the San Augustin plains home of the Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescopes.

Highway 60 – VLA ahead on the left

Datil Well is a BLM campground with a history of being a watering hole for cattle being driven to market in the 1800s. There are about 20 campsites, three with electricity. And only $5 a night – half that with a pass. The sites are large and well spaced among the piñon and juniper trees.

View from the RV door
The table is a little warped, but has a fine view.

There are miles of hiking trails on which dogs are allowed. This is one of my favorite nearby camping sites.

FlossieB on Rocky Point – campground is in the background.

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