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Datil Well Recreation Area

New Mexico Volunteers for the Outdoors Meetup
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Aug 12 8:00AM - 12:00PM

Enjoy a weekend in the Historic Datil Mountains and visit the Very Large Array. Datil Well was one of 15 former water wells spaced every ten miles along the historic Magdalena Livestock Driveway that once stretched 120 miles from Springerville, AZ to Magdalena, NM. We will camp Friday and Saturday nights at the Group Shelter site which has fresh well water, vault toilets, shady tent sites and plenty of room for parking to include RVs. There is a motel in nearby Datil for those who do not wish to camp.


Enjoy beautiful overlooks of the San Augustin Plains from the trails as we reroute a 400 foot badly eroded fall line section. We will also be fixing drainage for another 3 areas along the northernmost section of trail. If time permits, well scout a potential new trail spur into the eastern, unimproved areas of the recreation area. The hike to the furthest point of the work area from the campground is about a mile.

NMVFO will provide breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and dinner on Saturday night. Bring water bottles/packs, daypack, lunches and snacks, and a camp chair is a good idea long-sleeved shirts, long pants, work gloves, work boots, sun protection, raingear (just in case). Carpooling is encouraged. Please, sign up for this project by Tuesday, August 8th so that our meal coordinator (Marie Fischer) can match provisions to participants.Unfortunately, we will not be able to support restricted diets.CONFIRM REGISTRATION WITH PROJECT LEADERS BY TELEPHONE OR EMAIL. If registration is not confirmed by 12:00 pm on Tuesday, August 8th, project leaders will assume that you will not be volunteering.

Datil is 61 miles west of Socorro on US Hwy 60. The campground is mile south of Datil on Hwy 12. The green NMVFO signs will be deployed early Friday afternoon at both entrances to the campground area. Work will begin Saturday, August 12th at 8:00 am and Sunday, August 13th at the same start time, but well finish up around noon.

If this is your first NMVFO camping project, you can find more information about what to expect at http://nmvfo.org/volunteer/volunteer-faq or email or call the project leaders Erin, (406)[masked] & John, (505)[masked], Salinas, at [masked] or [masked], or me (Chris), [masked], (505) 504-3768.

How to find us:Datil is 61 miles west of Socorro on US Hwy 60. The campground is mile south of Datil on Hwy 12. The green NMVFO signs will be deployed early Friday afternoon at both entrances to the campground area.

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