Programs & Services

El Vado Lake State Park

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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 Elevation 7,209 ft

Activities

  • Boating:
    • Motorized
    • Non-motorized
    • Canoe/kayak/Board
    • Personal Watercraft
    • Sailing
    • Water Skiing
  • Camping
  • Equestrian:
    • Trails
  • Fishing
    • Ice Fishing
  • Hunting
    • Northwest side – Waterfowl
  • Picnicking
  • Scuba Diving
  • Swimming
  • Trails
    • 5.5 Miles
    • Hiking
    • Mountain Biking
  • Wildlife Viewing
    • Birding
  • Winter Recreation
    • Cross-country Skiing
    • Sledding
    • Snowshoeing

Amenities

  • Beach
  • Boating Facilities
    • Boat Dock
    • Boat Ramp
    • Boat Rentals
    • Marina
  • Campground Facilities
    • 8 Campgrounds
    • 80 Developed Campsites
    • 17 W+ E Sites (30 amp)
    • 2 W+E+S Full Hookup Sites (30 and 50 amp)
    • Water in Campground
    • RV Dump Station
    • 4 Group Campsites
  • Primitive Camping
    • Beach Camping
    • Boat-in Camping
  • Restrooms
    • Restrooms with water
    • Showers
    • Vault Toilets
  • Group Facilities
    • 1 Group Picnic Shelter
    • 4 Group Camping
  • Historic Sites
  • Playground

ADDRESS & PHONE

State Road 112
Tierra Amarilla, NM 87575
575-588-7247

CONTACT

Mark Schichtle
Park Manager
Mark.Schichtle@emnrd.nm.gov