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Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico

Heron Lake State Park

Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico



Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico
Phone: (505) 588-7470

Sites: 304
Recent Rate: $14 7/2016

Latitude: 36.6923985979601
Longitude: -106.656627809448

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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 ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • 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 ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

18 Reviews

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

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

The sites are huge and well layed out. Some have quite a bit more privacy than others. The biggest rigs in the world would have no problem navigating the Blanco loop.
Verizon signal was patchy. We had a perfectly usable 4G at our site 45, but there were a lot of other sites with no signal at all, as we discovered on our walks.
There are a couple sites with sewer available on the other loop but they have less privacy.
We were a little disappointed that most of the sites offer no real view other than the pines, juniper and sage in this flat area. A few had some view of distant mountains and mesas. You wouldn't even know the lake was there if you didn't hike the short trail.
Nearest grocery store is in Chama, which is about a 45 minute round trip.
We did drive over to El Vado State Park and will definitely stay there next time. All of the sites at El Vado are right on the lake (some just feet from the dropoff down to the lake) with GORGEOUS views. The warning signs about trailer size on the road to El Vado are not applicable if you're going to the state park. We camped at Heron Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Blanco electric 45
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

This site is just one over from a short path (1 or 2 minutes) to an amazing view of the lake.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

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

Heron Lake State Park is a great place to camp when you want to get away from it all. We had a pull-through site with 30 amp electrical service and water hookup. There is a dump station at the front of the campground. Sites are large and private with well-placed pine and juniper trees between. Our site was mostly level. Campground roads are dirt/gravel, and well-maintained. Camp host was friendly and accessible. Hiking trail passes through the campground. Lots of wildlife to see. We camped at Heron Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Take the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad which leaves from nearby Chama. Tierra Wool in Los Ojos sell beautiful hand-woven wool blankets, rugs, and other items.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

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

Visited early October 2015, stayed in Cottonwood campground, spot #17. Very few people here, maybe 5 other RV's in all campgrounds. Great level pull through site with view of the lake. Covered cabana over picnic table. 30 amp power was a little low on voltage, but we didn;t need A/C at this time of year. Blanco campground was open, but restroom and showers were already winterized and closed. Lake water level was low, but a few boats were out during the day. Nice gravel hiking trails to view mule deer and bunnies. We camped at Heron Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Cottonwood - 17
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight, Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

This is a very large state park with six separate campgrounds that offer anything from primitive tent sites, group camping, to a few full hookups.

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 7

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

Stayed in Blanco loop. Big clean sites. Many pull-through sites. Visitor center closed. Park was nearly empty. One way road through campground except many of the pull-through sites are accessed by going the opposite way. Sign at entrance to loop tells you which sites are accessed going the "wrong way." Spacious. Willow Creek sites are not as spacious or as easy to access. We camped at Heron Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Blanco loop
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Nearest store is in Chama.

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Review Count: 195
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 17

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

The review of this campground is probably skewed because the water level was extremely low and boating was restricted. The park was only about 1/3 filled during our stay.

Only Blanco and Willow loops have water, electric, flushed toilets and showers. All of the other loops were dry camping with vault toilets. There was a dump station at the entrance to both Blanco and Willow loops. Blanco and Willow loops also have camp hosts.

The bathrooms and showers were clean. The showers were on a push button timer and the water temperature could not be regulated. We did not use the showers.

All of the interior roads and sites were on crushed rock and dirt. It rained quite a bit during our stay but the interior roads were not muddy. There was a combination of pull-thru sites and back-ins. All sites had a picnic table and a fire ring. Sites 52 thru 60 are non-reserveable. You can stay at these sites for a maximum of 14 days.

The Blanco loop appears to have more privacy and is not as squeezed in as the Willow loop. The electrical box contained 15/30 amp service. The voltage was low - hovering around 116 volts.

Verizon cell phone was on "extended" network but the reception was good. The Verizon air card reception was good. It was extremely quiet at night and during most of the day.

We would definitely come back to this state park is we were in the area. We have a 32 foot 5th wheel. We camped at Heron Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

This is regarding the Blanco Electric campground. This is one of our favorite places to stay in NM. The sites are large and private. Most have shade. It's a quiet campground during most weekends--the campground hosts and rangers are available for help, if needed. The area has walking and biking trails right from the campground, and the visitor's center has interesting information about the area. If you want to get away to a quiet place, I would recommend Heron Lake. We camped at Heron Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 65
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

This review is for the Blanco Loop. You have very large private level sites. Some sites you can see distant views of the lake. The lake is very low at this time. We would have given this park a 10 if it had sewer. While we were here the restroom and dump station were closed for repairs. The camp hosts were nice people. For us it's a good location, as we like to be away from towns. We camped at Heron Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed in Blanco Loop C. G. -power and water available , lots of large level sites; shady sites available, quiet and good separation of sites by numerous trees; multiple choices for direction of setting up trailer, great hiking trail running through camp following along Heron Reservoir. Heron Reservoir very low level as of 6-2014; camp hosts were friendly and helpful; by far the best camp at Heron Lake St. Park for larger trailers/rvs- Sites 33, 44,46 & 60 were very nice - will definitely return to this campground. We camped at Heron Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 49
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

There are two loops with hookups, Willow Creek and Blanco. Willow creek has a bit more foliage and the sites are more private. The sites in Blanco are larger, some are just huge, and more open. We stayed in Blanco over a weekend in April so only a few sites were occupied. The drought has taken its toll on the lake, it was almost dry, but there are a few trails for hiking and the setting is beautiful. We camped at Heron Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $4.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Heron Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 73
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 18

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Heron Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Heron Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Heron Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Heron Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 195
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Heron Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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