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    Santa Rosa Lake State Park is located about 6 miles northeast of Santa Rosa, NM, in the eastern part of the state. It's not far off I-40, so it is a convenient stopping point for through travelers. There are three campgrounds in the park with a total of 89 campsites.

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    There were lots of available sites to choose from; we ended up on site A14, a level back-in site in the Rocky Point Campground.

    Date of visit: Sept 2013

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    Site A17

    Each campsite has a large cabana over the picnic table and a raised barbeque grill. Open ground fires are prohibited.

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    Sites A23 and A21.

    Rocky Point Campground has two loops. Loop A is the electric loop and has 23 sites. Eight of the sites also have water hookups.

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    Sites A1, A3 and A4.

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    Site A25 is nice pull-through with a partial view of the lake.

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    Site B23

    The B loop is just below the A loop; these sites do not have any hookups.

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    Site B24 is a large pull-through site.

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    Sites B8 and B6.

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    Site B4 looks down toward the lake.

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    The bathhouse is located between the two loops. It was quite clean and offers free hot showers.

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    Here's an unusual climbing apparatus for the kids, along with the traditional slide and jungle gym.

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    Across the dam is the Juniper Park Camping Area with 23 sites - no hookups.

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    Sites 6 and 7.

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    From the Rocky Point Campground one can access a two-mile trail that meanders along the lake shore. Due to recent rains, the water was rather muddy looking and at a high level. At one point along the trail, we had to do a little bush-whacking because the trail was under water.

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    A view of Santa Rosa Lake from the dam.

    Note: Your GPS may try to take you to the lake via a dirt road, IA, at the east of town. The correct road is Route 91 north from the west end of town.


    Rocky Point: 50 sites, 15 with E, 8 with E/W - $10-14


    Juniper Park: 23 sites, no hookups - $10

    Comfort station (no showers)

    Los Tanos Primitive: 14 tent sites - $10

    Comfort station (no showers)

    RV dump station at park entrance







    Coordinates: 35.036522 N, 104.690603 N

    Elevation: 4806'