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CAMPGROUND NAME: Mills Rim

VISIT DATE: 07/13/2010

UPDATE DATE: 4/23/2016

STATE: New Mexico

REGION: Southwest

RANGER DISTRICT: Kiowa and Rita Blanca

NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Roy

RESERVATIONS: No

DIRECTIONS:
From Roy, NM take State Rt. 39 north 9.4 miles to Mills Canyon sign.  
Turn left at sign onto Mills Canyon Rd. (single-lane dirt, no turnouts) 
and go 5.9 miles to campground on left.

NOTE:  (1) Mills Canyon Rd becomes Forest Rt. 600 after 4.8 miles.  
There is a low water bridge just beyond the campground's entrance.  
The tear-drop configuration of campground's interior road, makes a 
second pass for RVs difficult.  (2) There is also a Mills Canyon 
campground down in Mills Canyon beyond Mills Rim campground.  
DO NOT go there with an RV or with a vehicle unless it is high 
clearance.

GENERAL COMMENTS:
The elevation is 5,700-ft.

This pack-it-in/pack-it-out campground (a.k.a. Rim campground) 
is a single loop in a stand of Juniper and Pinon pine on the top of 
Mills Canyon.  The size of trees limit shade for humans, but several 
corrals in the campground have shade producing roofs for horses.  
(Must be cowboy country.)  In addition to corrals, large open spaces 
offer ample room for portable corrals, ATV enthusiasts, as well as tent
and RV campers.

A drive down into Mills Canyon for its outstanding scenery and
history is a possible day trip.  The Canyon also offers
outstanding ATV riding. The ruins of Melvin Mills home, bunkhouse
and orchard house will challenge the imagination.  The drive down
to his "homeplace" on the Canadian River is rough, dirt, single
lane and winding - high clearance vehicles only should make this
trip.  Although access is a challenge, once into the Canyon, it's
easy to see what attracted Mills to this fertile, but flood-prone
piece of land.

SEASONS
Open Seasonal: No
Open All Year: Yes

RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED
Rate: No charge
Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14

CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION
No. RV Sites: 0
No. Tent Sites: 0
No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 10
   
   Total Sites: 10

Tent Pads: Yes
Open Sites: Yes
Wooded Sites: No

No. Tables on Sites: 8
No. Grilles on Sites: 8
Equestrian Camping:  No

RV INFORMATION
Hookups: None
No. RV Pull Throughs: 0
Waste Station: No 
Average Parking Apron Size: 14' X 46'

Comments:
The parking aprons are gravel and all about the same size.

FACILITIES
Vaults: Yes
Flush Toilets: No
Hot Showers: No
Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes

Public Phone: No
Playground: No
No. Water Spigots (non-site): 0

Comments:
Stock water is available at the "habitat pond" in front of
campground.  Closest potable water is is in Roy, more than 10
miles away.

WATER SPORTS - None

HIKING
No formal horse trails - open range riding

FISHING - No




Fred and Suzi Dow