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El Vado State Park
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El Vado State Park
Description - 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.

Attractions - 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

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.

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.

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Filed By: Michael James (Albuquerque, NM)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We go here every year with our Boy Scout troop. The Park is clean, the rangers are great ! Very good facilities. New road, NICE!

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Breat amenities at park but wind EVERY evenng was HORRIBLE 50+ mph each evening knocking down a canopy we brought and blowing dust into our food. would be hesitant to recommend.

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Contact Information:
El Vado Lake State Park, P.O. Box 367 , T. A., NM, 87575, Phone: 505-588-7247

Additional Information:
New Mexico State Parks - The park system includes many lakes and reservoirs, trail systems connecting the parks with federal lands, botanical and geological interpretive sites, botanical gardens, and even a zoo.

New Mexico State Parks - Park Map
New Mexico State Parks - Official State Parks Web Site
New Mexico State Parks - Official Agency Website


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