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Clayton, New Mexico

Clayton Lake State Park

Clayton, New Mexico


141 Clayton Lake Rd
Clayton, New Mexico 88415
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 37
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 36.58046
Longitude: -103.3043

Elevation: 5226' (approximate)
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station no
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking no
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service no
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit yes
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond yes
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

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18 Reviews

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a small campground with about 12 RV sites with electric and water. 5 of the sites are pull thru. There are many other sites without hook ups that are avaiable. The roads into the RV sites are good, but the roads in the non rv sites and the rest of the park are in need of repair. The campsites are close to the lake.

The night skies are great for viewing the stars. There is also a short hike, I took my bike on the trail, that leads to Dinasour Tracks. 100's of tracks left in the rocks by dinasours millions of years ago. The restrooms and showers were basic. The water presure in the shower was GREAT and the water was HOT! The picnic tables at each campsite, sit on a concrete pad with a structure covering the table from the sun and rain. This state park is well worth the 12 mile trek into the New Mexico Grasslands to visit this park. We camped at Clayton Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
E4
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Make sure you take the short hike to the Dinasour Tracks. Or take your bike for a short mountain bike ride!

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed at this cg on our way home from SW Colorado. We chose this cg because its our halfway point home. We had been here before to see the dinosaur foot prints and had grandkids with us this trip. We didnt camp the previous time. The road to the state park is long, narrow and rough. We arrived after dark and there are no lights along the road or in the park. We had reserved 2 campsites (1 for us, 1 for our son/family) for water/electric sites on the Reserve USA website. The sites were long enough for our motorhome and towed vehicle without unhooking. The sites are nice. The gravel pad was pretty level, there was a covered picnic table with grill at each site with plenty of space between sites. The morning we were leaving we looked for a dump station and were told by employees there isnt one that we could use the on in town at the Loves store. We thought that was odd that the park didnt have one. We did use the one at the Loves but only because we HAD to dump our black tank. Even though its a travel store, that store is not built to accomodate RV's. The parking lot is small and crowded. Rv's are not allowed to use the commercial truck pumps. As we left the state park my husband said "we wont be staying here again". While it is a nice park, I agreed with him. We camped at Clayton Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
E4 - E5
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Obstacles, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Dinosaur tracks are worth seeing but we recommend staying somewhere else. Especially if you have a big rig/long trailer.

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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

We've got mixed feelings about Clayton Lake. It's a beautiful spot, but there are a lot of caveats. 1) There is no dump station here. The nearest is at the Love's in Clayton. 2) There is effectively no usable Verizon signal here. Even with a booster, we could barely eek out a sliver of data every now and then. 3) Voltage problems. When I plugged in, it was reading 128V. We lost power numerous times throughout the night due to our power monitor shutting down due to an over-voltage. It shuts off at 130V. The highest I saw was 132V. Use power here without protection at your own risk! We enjoyed the short walk to the dinosaur tracks in the spillway. They were pretty neat. Overall it's a beautiful, quiet location, but you need to know what you're getting into if you come here. The showers were acceptable but a little on the icky side. One had really low pressure and the other was like a fire hose. Our cost of $14 is with electrical hookups. It's $10 without.I would say E7 is the best of the electrical sites. It backs up to the lake and has only one neighbor on one side. Ample room for a 32ft travel trailer and disconnected truck. We camped at Clayton Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
E7
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Be sure to check out the dinosaur tracks over the dam spillway.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Roads need maintenance. Nice views. 7 electric/water sites. 5 pull throughs. First come first served. No reservations when we were there. Not a bad drive in. Boat ramp closed. Nice hike to dinosaur footprints. We camped at Clayton Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
E-3
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Don't want to take motor home on roads beyond electric sites. Roads need work.

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Review Count: 55
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a small park with about a dozen RV hookups (no sewer) overlooking Clayton Lake, about 13 miles from the town of Clayton, NM. The after-hours check in instructions are confusing (we had no reservation), but we made it work. We stayed one night in site E1. The pull through site was long enough that we did not have to unhook the truck since we were leaving the next morning.

We enjoyed the dinosaur tracks and the scenic (albeit a little rough) ride out the next morning since this park is adjacent to the Kiowa National Grasslands. Looks like a great place to fish, either from the courtesy dock or launching your own boat from their boat ramp.

We would certainly look to stay here on our way from TX to CO in the future. We camped at Clayton Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
E1
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful view sites near the lake. No problems with power or water hookups. Most sites are terraced so everyone has a view. Lovely. Clean and well maintained. Quite a ways from town for travelers, but so worth it. I would most definitely stay here again. We camped at Clayton Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

The staff was very friendly and helpful. The park is beautiful and quiet.

The fossilized dinosaur footprints were awesome! We are birdwatchers, and saw our first roadrunner here. Lots of swallows swoop over the lake constantly. If you do not have a reservation, the fee is payable with cash or check only. We camped at Clayton Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 117
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

I loved this park. It is 12 miles from town but the paved road is in good condition. The roads into the 2 developed campground loops are good but the road to the primitive camping areas is badly washed out. Of the 2 loops the one with electric and water is the least attractive but the sites all have a lake view and most are pull through. There is not much privacy between sites. There is plenty of room for big rigs. Reservations should be made for W&E sites. I found one of my best ever tent sites on the undeveloped loop. It was lakeside and very private. There was a large picnic table on a paved pad with a cover. The parking area was badly washed but I had no trouble getting in and out. The loop without W&E has a few sites suitable for RVs if you don't mind a little leveling in exchange for larger private sites. Clayton SP is known for its fishing, birding and its 500 dinosaur tracks. It's an easy hike to the dinosaur tracks. Don't miss them. I would definitely stay here again. Be advised that there are many areas in NM, even along major highways, where cell service is unavailable including this park. If you can't live without it stay close to towns. We camped at Clayton Lake State Park in a Tent.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

We did not stay here but would have liked to if they had the 50amp electric service that they told us they did on the phone. The views from the camp site were amazing. We camped at Clayton Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed in site E4 (electric and water). Site is your basic average state park. Did not use it but there is a shower house, condition unknown. It rained 3 of the 4 nights we stayed here. All the sights are on the side of a hill leading down to the lake. During the rains all sorts of debris and gravel was washed down hill. The road out of the campground was almost washed out. Park ranger was very friendly and helpful. His assistant, however, was anything but. In fact, rude and inconsiderate come to mind. Entrance to the park is down a steep switchback road. The road between Clayton and the park is narrow, winding and prone to flooding and washout. During one night of rain we were prevented from going into town because the road was flooded and closed. Be advised, there is absolutely no cell phone service available at the park. We camped at Clayton Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 97
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

Good for an overnight. Utilities were not super as we had to run water heater on gas. Sites pretty level. Would stay here again if passing through the area. Not real great for a final destination. Not much for the kids to do except putt-putt, which is not free. Also, you can sometimes smell the goat farm across the street. We camped at Clayton Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 205
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: April, 2009 - $4.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice park but only has 7 electric sites. It was off season and they weren’t taking reservations so we had 3 sites to pick from. Good water pressure, no problems with the power, 50 amp in site E1, the rest are 30 amp. This park does not have a dump station but for $8.00 you can dump in town at the KOA campground. No cell or aircard service even with a booster. People were catching good sized trout while we were there. Days were windy but warm and all and all a good little park. There are other areas to dry camp but the roads are a little rough. This park does not have a gate that they lock at night like some of the other state parks in New Mexico. This park could use one since there was a lot of traffic late at night on the weekend. People coming and going at all hours and we think they were kids coming in to party. As we left and were driving into Clayton we couldn’t believe how many beer bottles we saw lying on the side of the road that had been tossed out car windows. We would stay here again midweek during their off season. Price reflects our annual park pass rate. We camped at Clayton Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2008 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

We camped there twice over Thanksgiving week, which is off-season for this campground, and we were the only ones there both times. If you want seclusion and privacy, this is the time and place to go. I am not sure how crowded or hot it is during the summer season, and we didn't use the bathrooms so we can't comment on them either. However, we had deer, rabbits and geese in the place, and the kids got a big kick out of the (real) dinosaur footprints up on the dam. There are seven electric sites. We camped at Clayton Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 50
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: October, 2008 - $4.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is a real surprise. You wouldn’t believe that this canyon is hidden on rolling plains and volcanic lava flows. Prime attraction are dinosaur tracks and the lure of record sized walleye. Upside: Extremely friendly and helpful staff, quiet remote location but close enough to town and necessities, interesting nature trails, RV spots are close to water, space 1 has 50A service, bald eagle resident in the winter. Downside: no cell phone service, no black water dump, only one flush toilet in men’s room, bathrooms not very clean, lake is closed to fishing in winter. We camped at Clayton Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 54
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2008 - $4.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a lovely state park with terrific staff. It is very pretty and peaceful. We had a pull-through site with 30amp and water. There is no dump station. There is a lovely nature trail and a world reknown dinosaur trackway along with a great visitor center. There is a mini observatory/telescope and we had a great night sky program. This is a significant birding area recognized by Audubon so we saw all kinds of birds (raptors, water fowl, turkeys, song birds) along with deer, porcupine, etc. Cell phone service is iffy unless you go to higher ground. The park is about 10 or 12 miles from the cute historic town of Clayton where you can get supplies, have a good meal, and visit a terrific museum. The price reflects our annual camping pass with the $4 electric fee. We will definitely return. We camped at Clayton Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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