The Datil Well Recreation Area was along the old Magdalena Livestock Driveway, a cattle trail that was used from 1885 until 1971. The trail ran 125 miles from Springerville, Arizona and Reserve, New Mexico to Magdalena, where the cattle were loaded on the train for transport to their destination. The Civilian Conservation Corps fenced the driveway in 1930 and drilled fifteen water wells along its length. The Recreation Area is named for one of the wells, which is located within its boundaries. Hiking trails and campsites are available.