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Heron Lake State Park, NM

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Heron Lake State Park is located in northern New Mexico about 15 miles south of Chama. It's a large park with nine campgrounds with a total of 304 campsites. This reviews deals with the Blanco Campground.


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On our latest stop here we were on site 22. We had come to northern New Mexico to take a ride on the Cumbres & Toltec Narrow Gauge Railroad.

Date of visit: Oct 2013

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It was pretty quiet here when we arrived the last week of October, 2011, on our first visit here - only two other campers, so we had plenty of sites from which to choose. Here we are on site 27.

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Sites are large and generally well-separated from one another. Sites are fairly sunny but some shade can be found at most. These are sites 28, 26, and 25.

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All the sites on the inside of the campground loop road are pull-throughs. The water and electric posts for these sites are on the passengers side of your RV, so extension cords and hoses may be needed. This is site 31.

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Sites 33 and 32.

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Site 40 is one of the few with a ramada for relief from the hot sun of summer.

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Site 53 is one of the larger sites, nicely shaded and quite private.

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The bathhhouse was closed for the winter season. During the summer it provides free hot showers.

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There are miles of trails along the lakeshore. Someone invested considerable time and hard work to line the path with rocks.

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Unfortunately, campsites in the Blanco Campground do not have any view of the lake. There is a path down to the lake. Water levels fluctuate as water is released as necessary to augment the flow of the Rio Grande River.

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The picture above this one was taken in the fall of 2011; two years later the water level is considerably lower.


Dump station available

Verizon Broadband Access (EVDO) service

Rates: No hookups: $10, W/E(30A): $14, W/E(30)/S: $18

Coord: 36.691745 N, 106.662205 W