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Heron Lake State Park 'Trees at dusk' © Matthew Nagy
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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
April 9
Boating Safety Education Courses
This free course provides students the opportunity to interact with an experienced boating instructor. All motorboat, personal watercraft and sailboat operators born on or after January 1, 1989, must complete a boating safety course to operate on New Mexico waters. (This means operators - even those 13 years and younger being supervised by an adult on board.) Students must score 80 percent on the closed book exam to receive their Boater Education Card. For information or reservations, call (575) 588-7470- ask for Officer Sedillo.

Fees: Regular Entrance Fee

Contact: Ranger Sedillo 575 588 7470

May 14
Boating Safety Education Courses
This free course provides students the opportunity to interact with an experienced boating instructor. All motorboat, personal watercraft and sailboat operators born on or after January 1, 1989, must complete a boating safety course to operate on New Mexico waters. (This means operators - even those 13 years and younger being supervised by an adult on board.) Students must score 80 percent on the closed book exam to receive their Boater Education Card. For information or reservations, call (575) 588-7470- ask for Officer Sedillo.

Fees: Regular Entrance Fee

Contact: Ranger Sedillo 575 588 7470

May 27
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: Regular Entrance Fee

Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470

May 28
Nature Inspired Art
Weekly art activities based on nature themes. "Paper Stained Glass," bird and butterfly mobiles, paper making and much more. Specific art program will vary week to week. Check at the Visitor Center for the weekly program schedule. All programs are at the Visitor Center Great Room. All ages welcome.

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!


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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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