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El Vado Lake State Park


Located in New Mexico’s northern mountains, El Vado Lake State Park offers fishing, boating, camping, hiking, winter cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. A 5.5-mile scenic trail along the Rio Chama connects El Vado with nearby Heron Lake. Quiet coves around the lake are great places to catch trout and kokanee salmon. The lake and surrounding area are a major wintering ground for bald eagles and other birds. 

Park Features: 

  • Camping
  • Boating
  • Hiking
  • Birding
  • Fishing
  • Equestrian
  • Winter Activities


Jennifer Tafoya

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
It was so close to the river we could hear it inside the cabin! They supplied all the utensils, pans, etc. Even potholders & towels. The beds were comfortable. It was so beautiful outside. I'll definitely go again!

Danielle Cotugno

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
I love this lake. Unfortunately June 2018, the lake is nearly half drained. In spite of the low water level, the boat ramp has been extended with gravel to be usable. There are usually only a few boats on the water, and the views are great.

Bob Gurney

Friday, May 18, 2018
Wonderful camping experience! Have been here four times and am looking forward to coming back. Views of the lake are quite beautiful. A little windy, but the experience is well worth it!!

Linda McAteer

Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Nice park, we'll go back when it cools off. Don't miss the Rio Chama Trail.

Ginny-Kay Massara

Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Lovely lake, nice camping grounds. Biting insects this year (chiggers?).

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