New Mexico state parks always offer such great value. For $14, you get hookups, a dump station, tons of elbow room around your rig, a nice ramada fire ring/table, and as much nature as you'd like. Our site was right by some nesting osprey. The lake is severely low right now, but we really enjoyed watching the daily monsoons build over the mountains and then let loose with a very beautiful lightning show every night we were there. Be sure you stock up on all your supplies. This place is a drive to anywhere over some pretty bumpy/poorly maintained roads. Once you get here, relax and stay a while. Very nice, on-top-of-things camp host, too. We camped here in a Motorhome.
With our 40' motorhome we stayed in Pinon Beach Campground on Site #64 which was a beauty. Was all by itself on a peninsula with lots of room to park. The only downside was the narrow, dusty road coming to it and the very dusty site. It needs some gravel. We mentioned the narrow road for big rigs and immediately there was tree-trimming in progress. There were other nice sites in Pinon Beach for $10.00 with no hookups in this campground. Grassy Point Campground has the electric and water sites for $14.00. Elk Run Campground has no hookups and is $10.00.There is a boat ramp and the only place to keep your boat in the water is at Pinon Beach Campground. There is a dump station but no potable water there. You will need to drive to one of the hookup sites to get water. The road getting to the campgrounds is all paved and good traveling. This was a more "modern" campground than the nearby "Heron Lake State Park and the lake was much higher and prettier. It was not crowded while we were here, but this was during the week. We had excellent Verizon signal using our Air Card. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Most of the facilities were closed for the winter but being in a self-contained motor home, it did not matter. We did try to get some information on a road but the ranger station was closed. This is a nice park with varying rates depending on the services at the site. The dogs frolicked in the lake and enjoyed it. The site was level and we enjoyed our stay here. At night a big storm came in with high winds and heavy rain. The "flashing" lights were activated and I think they mean "get off of the water" but the sign was confusing. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We camped here for 3 weeks. Located down stream from Heron Lake, this is less used and smaller park. High country is green and cool. Positives: Absolutely beautiful, close to lake, extreme stars, friendly staff, good fishing and boating, not crowded, quiet, nice trails. Negatives: no cell phone coverage, no full hookups, somewhat noisy on the weekends at night, Chama grocery is closed for reconstruction, only basic supplies are available. Closest full service store is about 50 miles away at Dulce, Espanola or Alamosa. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed in the Blanco campground which was great! Lots of privacy, gravel pads and roads which was handy with all the rain the fell during the weekend. There is a table and fire rings, and water and electric in all the campsites. Some camp sites had shelters over the tables, and others did not. The bathrooms had 2 showers in them and were clean; but could use some little maintenance done to them. The park itself was clean and quiet. The camp hosts were nice and friendly, and on Saturdays at the visitors’ center, they have free coffee and muffins. Would definitely stay here again. The nightly rate reflects the price of the NM State Park camping pass. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This a very nice state park. The sites are gravel, wide and level, and have a table and fire ring. Some sites have a shelter over the table. Water and electric are good. Sites have good separation and are very private. However, the restrooms were dirty although useable. While there was no view of the lake from our site, it was only a short walk on a well maintained path to an overlook of the lake. A very peaceful place. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We were in the Blanco campground for 4 nights. We loved it. If you are looking for quiet and peaceful this is it. We were not interested in fishing or boating, so we can't really evaluate those things. The lake was a short walk and beautiful. The hosts were friendly ad helpful. We stayed 1 night in site 35 and 3 nights in site 44, both, back in sites. 44 was a little tight for our 33 foot 5th wheel but ok. Both were private feeling. We did not have neighbors at all some nights in mid-week, but even when we did, the layout of those 2 sites provided privacy. Everything worked fine. Our Verizon 3G worked well enough to get the internet, and our Direct TV portable dish on 35 feet of cable had a good signal at both sites even with the trees. The only reason we are giving it an 8 is because the bathrooms and showers were dirty and they smelled. We didn't use them but we did check them out. we will stay again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I concur with the 2010 reviews and would like to add that Heron Lake is comprised of ten separate campgrounds. Hook-ups are at Blanco and Willow Creek. We stayed at Blanco where all sites were electric/water and a 1/4 mile walk to the lake that you could barely see from upper sites; we were in #27. There is a dump station. To fish the lake, you really need a boat. El Vado is for motors, Heron has noise limits and was very quiet and peaceful. The volunteer rangers were helpful and kind, but the camp host at Blanco was unfriendly. We moved to Salmon Run to stay one more night without hook-ups; the pit toilets were unusable, but the campground was quiet with several sites are right on the lake. There are 24' limits in several of the campgrounds. Nearest grocery/restaurant is in Chama: 18 miles away. We camped here in a Motorhome.
What a wonderful campground after camping in RV parks where the sites were waaaaaaay too close together. This campground was the most quiet and peaceful campground we have ever camped in. I highly recommend it. We had partial hookups. We have an 8 and 9 year old and we took the short walk to the lake and they swam. They were the only people in the lake as far as the eye could see. We camped in the Blanco section. The campground is great if you don't need a lot of amenities (laundry, store, WiFi) but I would give those up for this gem! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Heron Lake has two campgrounds with water and electric, Blanco is the newer of the two campgrounds. Willow campground is smaller and has lots of trees. Blanco is more open and the sites are wider. The electricity at Blanco was on the low side of normal. With no appliances on (except for the phantom load), the electricity registered about 112 watts. The bathrooms and showers were ‘useable’. I think the camp host just hoses down the bathrooms and call it clean. Sites 52 through 60 are non-reservable. Note that these sites are not shown on the map on their web site. The camp hosts made you feel that you were bothering them and were not very friendly. They have a nice trail from Blanco that goes to Bushy Point (about 3 miles round trip). Note that the trail head starts between sites 44 and 43 (there are no signs). The roads and sites within this campground are packed dirt. Verizon air card works (between 2 and 3 bars) and Verizon phone was on extended network (no problems making or receiving calls). Note that US 95 connects with US 112 only by a primitive dirt road. We would probably stop by again if we were in the area. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Heron Lake is a beautiful state park with many ways to camp. We stayed in the Blanco Loop where electric (30/20 Amp)and water were located on your site. Most of the sites appeared to have sufficient space, although a few sites were small for larger coaches. All in all a great way to spend a few days. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I agree with the previous posting. We were at a lovely, large, back-in, private site in the Blanco Loop. This is my favorite NM State Park campground because of the beauty and peacefulness of the area, so this is why I rated it a 9 (using the standards of comparison of NM state parks and not RV parks). We have camped at Heron Lake many times. The Blanco Loop was about 50-60%% occupied on the Fourth of July. The lake was 12 feet higher and looked a lot better than in previous years. We like coming here because you get a quiet, more family oriented crowd with Heron being a no-wake lake. The other lakes that allow speed boats and jet skis tend to have a rowdy, partying crowd that do not know the meaning of quiet hours and leave their sites littered. The park also has a nice visitor center. I did not use the bathrooms but did check them out and they were nice and clean. We did get cell phone service with Verizon with a couple of bars of signal. The state is in the process of creating a nice trail system and has events scheduled throughout all of its state parks. The Rio Chama trail is in the area and is also a pretty, moderately easy hike along the Chama River. Its length is about 12 miles but you can walk as far as you want and then turn around. We were sorry to leave as we could have stayed for an entire month! I wanted to mention that there are some full service sites available in the Willow Creek campground that can be reserved. I believe that these sites may have 50 amp service but I would check if that is important to you. There are several other developed campgrounds that are dry camping and a lot nearer to the water and there is primitive camping just steps from the water. We have an annual camping pass, so our rate was only $4 for the electric hook-up. Otherwise, it is $14, quite a bargain as compared to what some other states charge for camping at their state parks. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Heron Lake State Park is located at 7,200 ft. off of highway 64 on highway 95, approx. 10 miles in. We stayed in Blanco CG which is one of two loops that have electric and water hookups(54 sites). There were quite a number of first come sites available when we arrived. Most of the sites were back ins but some were pull throughs. Our site was level and very roomy and private, we had plenty of room for our slide outs and awning. Water pressure was very good and we didn’t encounter any problems with the electrical. The roads are dirt/gravel but the sites are more gravel then dirt. We had no cell phone service but was able to get air card service for our computer with our booster antenna. Some of the sites had an overhead shelter, all of the sites had tables and a fire ring/grate. There’s a dump station located before you enter the campground loop on the left. We enjoyed the park and wish we had stayed longer. It was very quiet there and people were respectful of other peoples space. We have an annual camping pass, otherwise we would have had to pay $14.00. We will more then likely return if in the area again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Located 32 miles east of Tierra Amarilla, Hopewell Lake cg sits at 9,800 ft. in the Carson Natl. Forest and is a great place to escape the summer heat. It’s located just off hwy 64 which isn’t a very busy road. We came in from Taos which is not as steep a climb as it is coming in from the town of Tierra Amarilla. Very nice campground with threaded water spigots outside of each restroom. There are also trash receptacles located throughout the cg loop. When you first enter the cg you'll notice there’s lots of sites in the trees, but as you continue around the loop it will open up and you’ll find meadow areas with campsites. Very nice and open, beautiful in July with wildflowers everywhere. Continue on and you’ll find more sites that are in the trees again. There are a number of sites that can accommodate 40+ motor homes plus a toad. The sites are pretty level, dirt & gravel, mostly back ins. A picnic table and fire ring with grate is provided. It’s so quiet and away from it all. Plenty of room for slide outs and awnings. No bear sightings in the area. We could hear birds but never saw to many. Only spotted a Flicker. Lots of fishing in the lake going on. You can get to the lake by trail, located in the campground or by car in the picnic area. No cell phone service here. We noticed that there was lots of dispersed camping going on up a little further from the campground turnoff (on hwy 64) and just past the campground loop entrance. It’s free, just don’t go trail blazing. This is truly some of the most spectacular country we've been through in a long time.If you need propane, the Chevron Station in Tierra Amarilla fills bottles and motor home tanks. We will stay here again when traveling through New Mexico. We camped here in a Motorhome.