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Heron Lake State Park

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A picturesque lake set among the tall pines of northern New Mexico, Heron Lake State Park has been designated a “quiet lake” where boats operate at no-wake speeds only, making it an excellent location for all types of paddle craft.

Heron Lake also has amazing sailing, cross- country skiing, and hiking. The park is a fisherperson’s paradise with record-size trout and kokanee salmon. Ice fishing is very popular in winter. Several campgrounds line the shore of this scenic lake with primitive and developed campsites are available for every taste.

Park Elevation 7,167 ft

Please see the Park Alerts section for more information.

Wildlife viewing opportunities abound at Heron Lake, where you may see the elusive mountain
lion, black bear, elk, deer, marmot, bald eagles, and osprey.

Access the hiking and fishing trail along the gorgeous Rio Chama from the dramatic caprock
stairway near Heron Dam. The 5.5-mile trail, which crosses the river by suspension bridge,
affords panoramic views and an adventurous route to neighboring El Vado Lake.


  • Boating:
    • Motorized (No Wake)
    • Non-motorized
    • Canoe/Kayak
    • Sailing
  • Camping
  • Education Programs
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking
  • Swimming
  • Trails:
    • 7 Miles
    • Hiking
    • Mountain Biking
  • Wildlife Viewing
    • Birding
  • Winter Recreation:
    • Cross-country Skiing
    • Snowshoeing
  • Prohibited Activities:
    • No horses


    • Beach
    • Boating Facilities:
      • Boat Dock
      • Boat Ramp
      • Marina
    • Campground Facilities:
      • 250 Developed Campsites
      • 54 Electric Sites
      • Water in Campground
      • RV Dump Station
      • Group Campsites
    • Primitive Camping:
      • Beach Camping
      • Boat-in Camping
    • Restrooms:
      • Restrooms with water
      • Showers
      • Vault Toilets
    • Group Facilities:
      • Group Picnic Shelter
      • Group Camping
    • Visitor Center:
      • Exhibits


640 State Road 95
Los Ojos, NM 87551


David Ford
Park Superintendent