El Vado Reservoir

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El Vado Reservoir

New Mexico

(505) 462-3542

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Overview

Nestled in New Mexico's beautiful northern mountains, El Vado Reservoir and surrounding State Park offers fishing, boating, water-skiing and cross-country skiing. A five-and-a-half-mile scenic trail along the Rio Chama connects El Vado with the nearby Heron Lake. The lake and surrounding area are a major wintering ground for bald eagles and other birds including red-tail hawks, water ouzels, and ospreys.

Map of El Vado Reservoir

Latitude, Longitude: 36.604228, -106.746597

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boating is permitted on the reservoir which has two boat ramps.

  • Camping

    There are 25 widely scattered picnic or camping shelters and one large group shelter. A total of 80 developed sites, a modern comfort station with showers, a dozen vault toilets, and 19 electric sites with water and a new playground are available.

  • Fishing

    Quiet coves around the reservoir are great places to catch trout and kokanee salmon.

  • Hiking

    The five-and-a-half-mile scenic trail along the Rio Chama connects El Vado with nearby Heron Lake.

  • Picnicking

    There are 25 widely scattered picnic or camping shelters and one large group shelter in the surrounding park.

  • Water Sports

    The park offers fishing, boating, and water-skiing sports.

  • Winter Sports

    In the winter, cross-country skiing is a popular sport.

Seasonality/Weather

The average summer temperatures range from lows in the mid 40s F to highs in the upper 70s F. Winter temperatures average lows in the lower teens to highs in the upper 30s F.

Directions

Driving

El Vado Lake State Park and Reservoir is located seven miles southwest of Tierra Amarilla, via NM 112.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(505) 462-3542

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