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Heron Lake State Park

Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico


640 State Road 95
Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico 87551
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Sites: 304
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 36.69240
Longitude: -106.65663

Elevation: 7261' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault yes
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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31 Reviews

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Great State Park. The sites were very large and easy to get into. Power and water pressure were very good. Lots of trees and lots of room between sites. Felt like we were almost by ourselves. Very quiet and beautiful night skies. Close to Chama and great to ride the Cumbres and Toltec RR. NOTE: Our GPS got us in a real bad spot, look for the signs to the park on the highway once you get close. We camped at Heron Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
46
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 75
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $4.00
Overall Rating:

This is the second NM State Park we have stayed in since getting our NM Pass. The sites are very roomy with table and fire ring at each, although with the fire conditions there were no open fires allowed. Lake levels are low but at Heron it is still usable. Power is strong but only 30 amp. Verizon is poor bit usable. Our only complaint is the host. In 20 yes of FT RVing he was the rudest person we have come across. We camped at Heron Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
43 Blanco loop
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $4.00
Overall Rating:

We really love camping in Heron Lake SP when we get into the Blanco loop. All the sites have electric and water and there's a dump station on the way out. The showers are barely usable. You have to keep pushing a button to get water which is only a mist spraying on you. It's barely enough to wet your hair through! We have 3 dogs ourselves but I always pick up after our dogs. It really bothers me to see poop on the ground by campsites that no one is picking up - including the Camp Host and the Park Volunteer. And what does this Park Volunteer do besides get a prime site for free all summer? I have no idea because I don't know anyone who saw this person. The Camp Host was not nearly as helpful as last summer's Camp Host. But the park itself is beautiful and the sites are large and level. The NM State Parks Pass is a fantastic deal. You only pay $4 a night to park with electric and nothing if you boondock in the state parks. We'll come back to camp here as long as the Pass is available. We camped at Heron Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
59
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Bring everything you will need because the closest town is Chama and there's not much there.

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Review Count: 105
States Visited: 38
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed at the Willow Creek section in one of four sites which has full hookups. The site was level and spacious enough to fit our Navion and tow vehicle plus another truck and trailered boat. The site also had some trees providing welcome shade from the sweltering sun. All utilities functioned well. We plan on returning in the fall. We camped at Heron Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Site 2 Willow Creek
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 1

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

We have traveled all over the US with our motorcycle/camper. This is by far the WORST campground we have ever come across. At the road front where you enter, it says there are shower houses. After paying our fee and entering, we find out there are no showers. Of course we can't get our money back because it was a pay station with no attendant. Finding a camping site was ridiculous as several were marked Reserved for no apparent reason as no one showed up. Later we checked them thoroughly to see that they were days old and no one had bothered to take the tags off. It was cold, and we needed electricity and a fairly flat lot. You would not believe the people who were going around and around trying to locate a lot and find the showers! The whole thing was horrible. Then after finally getting set up, we go into the bathroom to find no toilet paper or paper towels! What a mess! We weren't the only unhappy campers there. We will never return no matter what time of year we go through! We camped at Heron Lake State Park in a Tent Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my tent trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Go somewhere else!!!!

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Review Count: 71
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 15

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

Electric and water, dump station on way out. Gravel roads and sites, spacious. Nice park. Not much for lake activity, water level way down and not conveniently accessible. Wide gravel trail runs between various campgrounds. We camped in Blanca, which has hookups and room to maneuver. Other CG's here are for smaller rigs dry camping or tents. We camped at Heron Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
32
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
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
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Review Count: 121
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 22

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

This is one of NM best state parks. The restrooms/showers were clean but worn. But you won't find many camp grounds with with W & E for $14. Heron Lake State Park actually has eight campgrounds. Blanca and Willow are the only CG's with hookups. They also are the only CG's not on the lake. However the lakeside campgrounds are better suited for tents, vans and small trailers. Blanca has the largest sites. Willow is tighter but it does have more shade. Blanca is big rig friendly. We had 4gs for our phone. The hosts were nice. Heron is a no wake lake so it is quiet. Big rigs and folks who need pull thru sites should make reservations even for weekdays. Others should be able to find a spot in either Blanca or Willow on weekdays. Weekends tend to fill up by Friday. Keep in mind that this is state park not a resort. It is in the country. Folks who love the outdoors will love it here. There are 2 great hiking trails. Fishing is a major draw for the park. We camped at Heron Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
50
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
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
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Chama is famous for its train. Ride the train!!!!! Hike. Fish canoe/kayak/sail. Relax. Ice is available at the visitors center. Gas, several good restaurants and groceries are available in the small town of Charma. If you can't ride the train drive north from Charma to CO. Beautiful scenery follows the train tracks.

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Review Count: 57
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 13

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

This little park has some wonderful trails and the trail in the section of the park where we stayed offered a great place to watch the sunset and the dark skies made for some awesome star-gazing. Situated about 10 miles from Chama, NM., this park sits on a no-wake lake, making the surroundings quiet, which we really appreciated. The roads and sites are all large gravel. Our site was fairly level, very spacious, and had a fire pit and picnic table. There are only two full-hook up sites in the park and we had one of them. Utilities were in great working order and conveniently located on the site. The camp host is very friendly and helpful. We would definitely come back and stay here again. We camped at Heron Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Site 1 Willow Creek
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Star-gaze; enjoy the quite seclusion and beautiful sunsets.

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $8.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed here many times. Big Rig freindly unlike many Parks. We encountered unleashed aggressive dogs this trip. Troublesome. 30 amp only and Dump Station nearby. We camped at Heron Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
39
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
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
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Review Count: 45
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 9

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

Great little park. Certainly out of the way for most places, but good roads all the way there. If you want peace and quiet and night stars, this is the place. Many sites can hold a pretty good sized rig, but remember they're only 30 amp, so no two AC's. We stayed in #1, very little traffic, easy back in, some ate even pull thru but might be tight for bigger rig to pull through. Great host. We camped at Heron Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
1
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Go see Tierra wools, cool place. If you like scenery take road from Tierra Amarillo to tres piedra's. Very awesome views, and still snow left over!

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Review Count: 143
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 13

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

We stayed here a couple of nights in the Blanca Campground just before the seasonal restroom closure. Perhaps because of the pending closure and the departure of the campground host, the restroom was left untouched in a poor sanitary condition. The same status prevailed in the adjacent Willow Campground. Loop roads are gravel and the spacious sites are basically a combination of dirt and loose gravel. There are an assortment of sites and most will accommodate various size RVs. Privacy at both campgrounds is at a premium with plenty of juniper trees and other native vegetation. Both campgrounds are on the edge of the Verizon zone. In the Blanca campground cell phone reception is sufficient between sites 39 and 45. At the Willow Campground, reception is best at site 21. Otherwise there is zero VZ coverage here. To find the lake one must go hiking. The lake level is extremely low and there is evidence its been low for a prolonged period of time. Actual access to the lake is difficult due to the soft quick sand like surface along the water edge. Only a few other campers during our stay on a weekend. It was very quiet with dark sky nights and secluded. We stayed here in a Motorhome. We camped at Heron Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

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

We stayed in Blanco loop with water and 30 amp electric. Nice long half circle level pull through with covered picnic table and fire ring. Huge sites with Ponderosa Pines, Pinion and several varieties of Juniper screening line of site between sites. Roads and sites are good gravel and level. CG is quiet and less busy than in the past as there is little boating activity due to low lake level, which is really the only negative we found. We camped at Heron Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Blanco 47
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than 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
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad in Chama is great. There are several nice hiking trails that run through the several campgrounds and along the lake all the way to El Vado Lake State Park. Lot's of cool geocaches in the area also.

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

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

Beautiful area. Campground host was very nice. Minimal dust considering gravel roads. Only downside was the voltage of the hookups dropped to under 100 volts one afternoon. We camped at Heron Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
43
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Nice easy trails

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Review Count: 51
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 12

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 when coming from Hwy 84/Tierra Amarilla, which is the main route. It IS a problem if you try to come "the back way" along 112 from the southwest. Coming the back way is not something someone would normally do as it's a minimally maintained dirt road, but it's reasonable to assume that someone blindly following GPS might try that route and get themselves in trouble. 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: 13
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 1

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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