El Vado Lake State Park

State Park

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Unnamed Road
Tierra Amarilla, NM 87575

GPS: 36.614, -106.738

Last Price Paid: $10
Number of Sites: 99
Reservations: Yes
Elevation: 6936 ft
Max Length: 40 ft
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Livingston, TX
24 Lance 1995
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
75 reviews
Nightly rate: $10
Days stayed: 7
Site Number: 32

Marshall would stay here again

“Great isolated northern New Mexico State Park”

Reviewed Mar 09, 2015

Overall Rating

I was looking for a state park fairly close to Chama so I could ride the train and I decided on El Vado Lake SP. Sites vary from dry camping to water and electric hookups (dump station on site). I chose a dry camping site right on the cliff above the lake that offered excellent views.

Bathroom offered clean shower facilities within walking distance of my site and not that far from all sites.

Incredibly quiet, but that is what you get when you are in the middle of nowhere.

Nice (and fairly long) hiking trail that connects El Vado with Heron Lake State Park. Very remote and sometimes hard to determine where the trail is, but that is half the fun, right?

Poor 3G Verizon cell service with a booster. Close by Heron Lake State Park offered better service, with unboosted 4G Verizon available (hit or miss depending on where in the park you were).

Site Quality
Verizon 3G

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com

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El Vado Lake State Park

Wanting to get out of Albuquerque for a bit, and to go ride the rails, I decided to head northwest and check out El Vado Lake State Park for the week. Amanda and Tim, of Watsons Wander, have been takin...

  • 20 Amp
  • water
  • Partial Hookups
  • dump station
  • restrooms: flush
  • showers
  • water available
  • pets


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