|A campground in a ponderosa pine forest with a stream and meadow nearby. This campground is part way up the road to the peak of Mount Taylor. Some maps call this Coal Mine Canyon campground.|
|Campground data||Waypoints||Maps||Getting to the campground||About the campground||Plants around the campground||Comments|
When we visited it:
|Cleanliness:||5. Beer cans and bottles, some broken.|
|COALCG||Campground||Coal Mine campground|
|Map name||Cartographer||Year||Scale||Topo map?||Online access||Notes|
|Albuquerque New Mexico||USGS||1983||1:100000||Y||from sar.lanl.gov (free)|
|El Malpais Recreation Map and Guide||BLM||2008||1:100000||Y||from Amazon (purchase)||Great overview map for El Malpais area, including showing land ownership.|
|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.|
|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:
In Grants, take NM 547 approximately 11 miles. Watch out for the turns that this highway takes while in Grants, but once you are out of town, it is easy. The campground will be on the right.
About the campground:
This campground was a wonderful place to camp. The campsites are well-spaced which gives the campground a nice, open feeling. There is not much underbrush, and this adds to the open feeling.
There is evidence of lots of beer drinking, as we picked up several cans which had been tossed on the ground by prior campers. There were also some glass from broken bottles. In spite of this, the campground was not too trashy. However, see the note above about a friend's experience with the party crowd.
We and our friends shared the campground with one other car of people. With 17 campsites, this made for lots of room for each of us. The picture here shows campsite 8 with our truck parked in it.
If you cross this bridge across from the large restroom block you will find an old nature trail. There are some signs remaining. Some of the plants they are pointing out have apparently died. In other cases, the signs are unreadable. However, there also is a nice meadow over here. Kids will probably enjoy playing over here as well as in the stream.
Plants we saw around the campground:
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