Fenton Lake State Park

Fenton Lake State Park

Quick Facts

Fenton Lake State Park

New Mexico

(575) 829-3630

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Things To Do


Come see where the popular film, The Man Who Fell To Earth, was shot in the mid-1970s. This story of an extra-terrestrial character who came to earth when the water on his native planet dried up, was filmed at Fenton Lake State Park. Not lacking any water here, this park is a year-round retreat surrounded by beautiful ponderosa pine forests, and mellow mountain escapes with a 35-acre fishing lake. The wind blows gently through the trees, where the visitor may be on the lookout for an abundance of birds in an isolated, wilderness atmosphere. With a biathlon and ski trail, the park also attracts hikers and cross-country skiers.

Map of Fenton Lake (NM)

Latitude, Longitude: 35.884182, -106.722822



  • Boating

    Fenton Lake is an ideal spot to use canoes, rafts, rowboats, and inflatable boats. The lake is, however, closed to sailboats, sailboards and all powerboats (including those with electric trolling motors).

  • Camping

    There are both primitive and developed campsites with hookups.

  • Fishing

    Stocked with rainbow trout from fall through spring, the lake is home to German brown trout. Although most anglers prefer the warmth and comfort of summer, the best fishing is in the winter, through two feet of ice.

  • Hiking

    The park has only one trail, the Hal Baxter Memorial Cross-Country Ski Trail and Biathlon Practice Area. An easy two-mile loop, it winds along the bank of the Rio Cebolla and by the non-hookup campsites southwest of the lake.

  • Picnicking

    Fully-accessible tables & grills are available.

  • Winter Sports

    The park attracts cross-country skiers in the winter.



Fenton Lake State Park is 33-miles northwest of San Ysidro, via NM 4 and NM 126.

Phone Numbers


(575) 829-3630