Great little park in the middle of seemingly nowhere. Good stop off as we were heading to Santa Fe. Only 30 amp but sufficient this time of year. The host was very nice and came by to ask if we had everything we needed. I gave the site a 3 due to hookups of some sites were on the opposite side of the coach otherwise would have been higher. Would definitely stop again should we pass through the area. We camped at Sumner Lake State Park in a Motorhome.
We reserved ahead with Reserve America, paying the extra fee of $8, however there were campsites available with hookups with no reservations needed. We had a large level graveled site that was big enough for 2 vehicles, a tent, a boat and our trailer. Down a few steps was a covered picnic area. I didn't check out the bathrooms as they were a pretty good walk up the hill. We stayed in the Pecos loop but next time would probably try for the East loop which was completely empty during our visit. The only down-side is that if you have a boat, the ramp on that side of the lake is closed. But the Campsites there are more scenic than many in the Pecos loop, however no reserved sites on that side. Beautiful lake, close to historic Fort Sumner. Would go back again! We camped at Sumner Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $16.00
A nice surprise about 15 miles North of the town of Ft. Sumner. Travelling along the high desert plateau, you have no idea this beautiful lake is down in the valley. The lake was brim full when we stopped there and leaves changing color with just a few RVs there over the weekend. They do shut down the more convenient Eastern campground on Oct. 1st, requiring you to cross the dam and go to the Pecos Campground. They have 30 amp and water and a convenient dump station to use when leaving. The information board is confusing when it gives the rates. It says extra vehicles are $10 and then it says there is a $225 fine for not paying the correct amount, so we paid for our tow car, only to learn the next day, the tow car is free, but No Refunds are given, so be advised. Nice and quiet except one couple who just didn't get it about peace and quiet, and had to have music playing from their small camper up until about 7 pm. (get headsets or play it softer please) The music was heard by all sites in the camp. One other point we had never experienced. There were lots of wasps around the camp but they didn't seem to bother you. When we left, we started seeing wasps coming into our rig. No matter how quickly we got them, there were more. This lasted for many days, and even back in the Phoenix area, we were still getting wasps coming out. Apparently, they build nests VERY fast! We were only there 2 days at the campground. A very enjoyable place, however, in the quieter times of the year, and brilliant stars outside. We camped at Sumner Lake State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $14.00
We stayed 2 nights in a back-in spot overlooking (but high above) the lake. The restrooms were a long walk uphill, and we drove there to use the showers. There were some pull-through spots, but most appeared that they would be very tight access for our trailer/SUV combo. Fishing (not catching) from the banks of the lake was peaceful. We camped at Sumner Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Tips for other Campers:
Easy drive to the town of Fort Sumner and the Bosque Redondo Memorial.
What a nice park! We've been driving out west right past this for a dozen years and always stayed an hour up the road at Santa Rosa. Not any more! From now on, we'll stop here on our way. The RV sites are huge, and level. The pull thrus have quite a bit of space between them and the next site, the back-in's are in pairs, but still have a nice distance between them. The back in sites (we stayed in #7) have plenty of space for your trailer and truck. We stayed for three nights. We'll be back! We camped at Sumner Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $16.00
The park is about 6 miles east of highway 84. You travel over some hills and then, as you approach the park there are some twists and turns that take you up and over the dam and spillway to the entrance of the park. The route in had my attention but it was doable and I wouldn’t let it keep me from returning. Pecos Campground is the campground with water and 30 amp electric hookups. Just about every site has a view of the lake. There’s good Verizon cell service in the park, yielding a good 4G data flow. We camped at Sumner Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
This campground is located to the north of Fort Sumner, six miles off of route 84. Driving down the flat grasslands of New Mexico’s eastern plains, all of a sudden you come to a dam and a huge lake. The hillsides of juniper and the blue waters of the lake with a rocky shoreline contrast with the dry, desert like drive to the campground. It costs $14 for electric and they do take reservations for some sites. The main Pecos campground where we stayed, sits up on a hill. There is a visitor center there and at the Mesquite campground which has water only. Primitive sites are available right around the lake. There are also two other areas for camping: the Pecos River campground with no hookups and the Eastside Campground that has electric but it is a first come first serve. The Pecos Campground was nice looking down on the lake with shelters for the picnic tables. The Eastside campsites are closer to the water but no showers. The bath house was clean and there was one shower. There is a trail to look down on the huge dam but the lake is dry because of the drought. The lake has 2,700 acres and there are a couple of boat docks in the park. Fishing is popular for walleye, crappie, bass and catfish. This was a one night stopover for us as we are heading back east. Fort Sumner is where Billy the Kid was killed. We camped at Sumner Lake State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $14.00
This is a beautiful state park, very clean & very quiet. We stayed in the Eastside Campground & had it to ourselves for 2 nights. Sites are large & lots of space between sites. Saw lots of deer. Park staff is very friendly & helpful. We would stay here again. We camped at Sumner Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $14.00
Showers were clean. Shower water only gets warm not hot. Sites level with great view of lake. The lake level is low . Park is very clean, dump station was nicely set up on the way out of camp site. Park is ten mile from Ft Sumner. No TV or Internet service a great get away for the mad rush. We would stay again. We camped at Sumner Lake State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $14.00
If you want a VERY quiet place to relax, this is worth considering. I had a nice big wide electric site with a great view of the lake in the East Side campground. The only sounds were birds, and leaves rustling in the wind. Rest rooms and were showers were very clean, and individual trash cans are emptied daily. Sprint cell phone service is good, but over the air television is limited to 4-5 channels. The park is "off the beaten path" so usually not too crowded, but be sure to stock up on supplies. The little store/restaurant next to the park was not open the weekend I was here in the off season. The water is very hard, and the ranger recommended we use bottled water for drinking or coffee. The water in the East Side campground is chlorinated, but not the water in the main campground. We camped at Sumner Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.
This is a beautiful state park with lake view from all sites. We enjoyed the wildlife viewing and quite nights away from the town lights and noises. We had an extended stay and would return again when in the area. The rangers are a great bunch of guys and go out of their way to assist. We did not boat on the lake but many do. Go enjoy the desert oasis at it's best. We camped at Sumner Lake State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: January, 2011 - $14.00
Another well maintained New Mexico state park. It's a little off the beaten path, but a nice set up with lake, river, and fabulous mountain biking trail. Although the showers were clean, the water never gets better than luke warm, and the "misting spray" shower heads mean that the luke warm water feels even colder than that. We camped at Sumner Lake State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: October, 2010 - $14.00
We were disappointed and not impressed by the campground of this New Mexico State Park. The entire park seems to be disorganized and bit mixed in with the private community of Sumner Lake. The main campground, which has the hook-ups, is poorly designed, mid-slope location between the lake and a mesa, and on the edge of not being acceptable for big rigs. Use caution when entering the RV site access road. There is no turn-around, the road is rough, dirt and with tight turns around obstacles. There are three sites appearing to be level and they were occupied. The others offer some challenges to get a big rig parked and level. The three pull throughs are actually not pull throughs, for we had to disconnect to maneuver our motorhome into a suitable position. It takes forever to reach the RV Sites. The park has a odd loop around road probably designed to burn-off your expensive diesel fuel. There is little or no view of the lake, which is not close to the campground. Some of the sites like ours had the electric and water on the wrong side. Some of the sites share the 30 Amp electrical box and the water. We were planning to stay here for week. Due to the reservation system of New Mexico, and the first come first served sites being of such poor value, we stayed only one night. We will not return to this NM State Park. We camped at Sumner Lake State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: April, 2010 - $20.00
This is a decent park but well off the beaten path and not much to do unless you have a boat and fish. It was clean and quiet and a good stop over for one night. We camped at Sumner Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.