Black Canyon is a great campground in a Pine/Douglas-fir forest. It is near Santa Fe, but far enough away to be relaxing and a nice change of pace. It is the trailhead for the Black Canyon hike.
This campground is close to the Hyde Memorial State Park campground. Hyde Park has more facilities, but Black Canyon is a delightfully peaceful and attractive campground that is one of our favorites.
|Campground data||Waypoints||Maps||Getting to the campground||About the campground||Plants around the campground||Comments|
When we visited it:
|Cleanliness:||8. Guys seemed incapable of peeing in the pit toilet, making the men's restrooms messier than they should be.||8. The restrooms were cleaner, but still smelly.||9. Only a few small pieces of litter in our campsite. Bathrooms are much improved over earlier reports.|
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|Map name||Cartographer||Year||Scale||Topo map?||Online access||Notes|
|Guide to Indian Country of Arizona Colorado New Mexico Utah||Automobile Club of Southern California||1998||1:0||N||from Amazon (purchase)||Good overview road map for northwest NM. No scale is given on the map. The corner coordinates are approximate.|
|McClure Reservoir||USGS||1976||1:24000||Y||from sar.lanl.gov (free)|
|Pecos Wilderness, Santa Fe and Carson National Forests||US Forest Service||2004||1:54000||Y||from Amazon (purchase)|
|Santa Fe||BLM||1996||1:100000||Y||from Amazon (purchase)|
|Santa Fe||USGS||1954||1:250000||Y||from sar.lanl.gov (free)|
|Santa Fe National Forest||US Forest Service||2004||1:126720||N||from Amazon (purchase)||East half|
|Wildernesses of New Mexico||US Forest Service||1981||1:1000000||N||No online copies.||Base map with national forests, wilderness areas and highways.|
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Getting to the campground:
From the Santa Fe Plaza, head north on Washington Ave. Just past the pink Scottish Rite Temple (which is on the corner of Paseo de Peralta and Washington), turn right on Artist road; the sign says that Hyde State Park and the Santa Fe Ski Basin are this way. Drive just under seven miles and you will see the sign for the campground on your right.
About the campground:
All of the campsites are in the Douglas-fir forest, and hence shade is readily available---this is a plus in the summertime, even at the elevation of this campsite. To the left, you can see Diana sitting in the sun at campsite 21.
This campground is notable for the (fat) chipmunks who live here. Clearly, we drop plenty of food, and I suspect that the campers also offer them food. One of our neighbors recounted a tale of a chipmunk trying to make off with an apple that was bigger than it was (the apple was softball-sized). The chipmunk was rolling it down the hill for quite a ways before it finally gave up and left its prize. However, the apple did not go to waste, as we noticed that it disappeared in the night, obviously the prize for some other animal.
To the right, you can see one of the chipmunks. They are cautious of people, so getting this picture required a great deal of patience on my part.
In addition to chipmunks, two types of squirrels---Abert's and some smaller species (pictured here)---make their home in the campground. They are shier than the chipmunks, preferring to scold from the heights.
To the right, you can see site 27, which shows an unoccupied site.
Other sites of interest: Sites 34 and 36 are near water without being next to the restrooms. Site 26 (of which I have no photo) looks like the most secluded site. Site 32 is somewhat apart from the others also.
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