What to do in El Vado Lake State Park

Located in New Mexico's northern mountains, El Vado Lake State Park offers fishing, boating, water-skiing, and winter cross-country skiing. A five and one-half 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, or just get away from it all.

Park amenities include a visitor center and campground with 54 sites, some with electric hookup, an RV dump station, restrooms, and showers. El Vado lake sits at an elevation of 6,900 feet, and covers,730 acres.

The lake and surrounding area are a major wintering ground for bald eagles and other birds such as red-tail hawks, water ouzels, and ospreys.

El Vado Townsite In the early 1900s, before the lake was constructed, the town of El Vado was a noisy, bustling railroad and lumber center and the largest town in the county.

Recreation
Recreation at the lake includes camping, picnicking, fishing, boating, water-skiing, sailing, wildlife viewing, and hiking. A five and one-half mile scenic trail along the Rio Chama connects El Vado
with nearby Heron Lake

Location
Heron Lake is located in the north western region of the state. It lies just west of Highway 84, south of the junction with 285.

Climate
Annual precipitation is 20.85 inches. Summer temperatures range from lows around 43 to highs around 78. Winter temps range from lows of 9 degrees to highs around 38.

Address
P.O. Box 367
T. A., NM 87575

Phone: 505-588-7247

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