The Cleanest Lake In New Mexico Is Ideal For Your Next Summer Dip
Outdoor activities in the Land of Enchantment are always plentiful and swimming at Heron Lake State Park is one of the best ways to cool down in the desert heat. While some may think that New Mexico doesn’t have lakes, let alone lakes to swim in, that’s simply untrue. Our Southwest state is home to plenty of beautiful lakes, but you might be quick to think that these lakes are full of murky waters. Heron Lake in New Mexico isn’t only one of the cleanest lakes in the state, but it’s also a reservoir that’s fed by the Rio Chema, which is part of the Rio Grande watershed, so it’s constantly being flushed out. Besides swimming, there are so many activities at this lake found within a beautiful New Mexico state park. So whether you want to swim, fish, camp, or boat, consider a visit to this clean lake on your next trip.
Have you ever gone swimming in this lake? Was the water clear as day? Do you think this is one of the best lakes in New Mexico? We’d love to hear all about your outdoor experiences in the comments. Don’t forget to then go share photos from your adventures with us in our New Mexico Nature Lovers Facebook group or tag us on Instagram by tagging #onlyinnewmexico for a chance to be featured.
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Heron Lake State Park
Are there any Heron Lake camping sites?
If one day isn't enough to experience all that Heron Lake has to offer, we don't blame you! There's so much to see and do in the park. Luckily, there are several Heron Lake camping sites that allow you to keep the fun going into the next day — and perhaps for several more after that! Nearly 200 campsites are available in total. Some offer electricity, while others are non-electric, and the maximum number of campers allowed varies from site to site. The driveway length also varies. If you are visiting with a large group, there are a handful of sites designed specifically for that purpose. Feel free to reserve a campsite online!
Which state parks should I visit in New Mexico?
One of the best state parks in New Mexico is definitely City of Rocks State Park. Located in Faywood, this incredible place showcases unique rock formations created millions of years ago by volcanic eruptions. You'll also see fascinating evidence of habitation by early humans in the form of Indian Wells or holes carved into the rocks to grind corn and collect rainwater. With hiking and biking trails, a botanical garden, and a campground with 52 sites (including full RV hookups), the park is a nature lover's paradise. It also boasts some of the darkest skies in New Mexico!
What are the most beautiful hikes in New Mexico?
The Land of Enchantment has no shortage of scenic trails to embark on. One of the most beautiful hikes in New Mexico is easily the Crater Rim Trail, located near Capulin. An easy 1.1-mile loop, the trail skirts around the rim of an extinct volcano, offering one of the most unique hiking experiences in the state. The path is a bit steep at times, but it's still considered kid-friendly.