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HERON LAKE STATE PARK
HERON LAKE STATE PARK
P.O. Box 159
Los Ojos, New Mexico   87511

Phone: 575-588-7470
Reservations: 877-664-7787
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Heron Lake State Park
'Trees at dusk'

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A picturesque lake set among tall pines, Heron Lake State Park has been designated a "quiet lake" where boats operate at no-wake speeds only. This park is known for its excellent sailing, fishing, cross-country skiing, and hiking.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
 Bike Trailsyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
CampingPrimativeyes
WinterActivitiesyes
Camping
Several scenic campgrounds line the shore of this scenic lake--primitive and full developed campsites are available for every taste.
Events
May 22
Heron Lake Dam Tour
The guided tour is of the inner workings of the Heron Lake Dam and an elevator ride 265 feet into the pump room. In addition, Bureau of Reclamation personnel will discuss the role of the Bureau in providing water for the cities of the Southwest. Space is limited to 35 participants on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call 575 588 7470.

Fees: No Fee

Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470

May 23
Movie Night at the Visitor Center
Come join us at the Visitor Center for a relaxing evening watching family friendly movies on Saturday evening. We will serve popcorn, bring a(non-alcoholic) drink.

Fees: Regular Entrance Fee

Contact: Robert Smith 575 588 7470

May 23
Coffee with a Camp Host
Enjoy a hot cup of coffee with our camp host as well as homemade muffins (while they last!). Find out about the local area and weekend events as well as swapping fishing stories with our camp hosts.

Fees: Regular Entrance Fee

Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470

May 23
Saturday Morning Nature Walk
Join our Park Naturalist for a nature walk through the trails of Heron Lake. Hikes are tailored to the abilities of the group and all ages are welcomed. Other hike times are available on prior request. All hikes start at the Visitor Center.

Fees: Regular Entrance Fee

Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470

May 30
Movie Night at the Visitor Center
Come join us at the Visitor Center for a relaxing evening watching family friendly movies on Saturday evening. We will serve popcorn, bring a non-alcoholic)drink.

Fees: Regular Entrance Fee

Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470

May 30
Free Beginner Ukulele Lessons
If you are 8 years or older, here is your opportunity to explore a unique musical experience. Local resident Kathleen Galbraith teaches park visitors the basics needed to play the ukulele in just 60 minutes, and best of all, you do not need prior musical experience of any kind. She will provide instruments and simple handouts; all you need is a willingness to try something new!

Fees: Regular Entrance Fee

Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470

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Trails
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.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 15 Great park even with the generators by Jimbo
Great park. Generators did not bother us, I use one, hot is this part of the country. Would rather listen to a generator than a mother screaming at her kids because they are all hot.
July 11 Regulate generator use
The Park Superintendent told me that he is sympathetic to complaints about generators, but that rules & regs about generators are controlled by the state legislature. If you will write a letter to him about your concerns, he can use this as additional support when the Parks Dept goes to the legislature to request a change in the rules & regs. I suggest you be specific about details, such as dates of visits, number of generators, whether they shut them down at 10:00 as required, how it negatively impacted your stay.
June 14 Our Favorite camping spot!
Blanco camping spot are the best!
December 5 great experience by mott
August 19 Best camp site!!!! by Zamorano Family
We are from California and have been to a few camp sites in New Mexico. This was the best one ever. It is very clean even our 2 year old Dashhound loved it. We loved that it has showers. The lake was nice and we loved that there is a few stores close by. We plan on going back and recommend this site to everybody!!
July 13 Good Memries
Me N Mah Family Been Coming To Heron For Years We Love Out Here We Get Along No Fighting I Love It
January 20 I love the place by Ken
I usually am out in the unimproved areas because I love it and I dont have to hear the generator noise. I do agree they need to be banned and I hope that will happen in the future. I do also wish the state would have more rangers around because it can get a little unruly in the campgrounds and theres no rio arriba sheriffs in sight.
August 4 Great lake, but why using genrators? by TT
I do not know why people use a generator in campgrounds. This is so nosy and rude. Do they need to power a TV? Generators should be prohibited at Heron lake.


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Directions
Heron Lake State Park is 11 miles west of Tierra Amarilla via US highways 64 and 84 and NM 95.

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