8 Lakeside Campsites In New Mexico That’ll Make Your Summer Epic

New Mexico may not have a coastline, but we can still enjoy waterfront views. What better way to wake up than next to the clear water of one of the most beautiful lakes in New Mexico? Looking for lake camping in New Mexico? These eight wonderful campgrounds in New Mexico offer affordability and great water views.

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It’s worth noting that many New Mexico state parks offer “first come/first serve” campsites that you cannot book in advance so, even if your desired date appears unavailable, you might still be able to score a spot.

If lakeside camping appeals, you should also check out this waterfall campground in New Mexico!

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Lake Camping in New Mexico

May 15, 2022

Where can I go camping and fishing in New Mexico?  

New Mexico is a beautiful state with lots of places just perfect for camping and fishing. Outdoorsy folks will love the Land of Enchantment for sure! Some of our favorite places for camping and fishing in New Mexico include El Vado Lake State Campground, which is 100 miles south of Santa Fe and absolutely beautiful. It’s located on the eastern shore of El Vado Lake, and it’s a wonderful place to go camping in New Mexico. Another is the Elephant Butte Lake State Park, which has a wonderful campground as well as excellent fishing. Be sure to also check out Bottomless Lakes State Park, which is an amazing cluster of nine lakes perfect for the ultimate camping and fishing adventure! 

What are some of the best campgrounds in New Mexico?  

You mean other than the ones we mentioned above? Well, lucky for the lover of camping, there are literally hundreds more choices. Other favorite campgrounds in New Mexico we love include Aguirre Spring Campground, which is nestled within the Organ Mountains–Desert Peaks National Monument. With an elevation of 5,700 feet, it’s cooler than the surrounding desert, which is delightfully refreshing. Other places to go camping in New Mexico that we are totally obsessed with include Jack’s Creek Campground, White Sands National Park, and, of course, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.  

What are the best New Mexico camping lakes? 

We have several lakes in New Mexico perfect for camping either for a weekend or longer (but no longer than 14 days at a time). We love places like Heron Lake State Park, and Navajo Lake State Park is wonderful as well. The Wild Rivers Recreation Area is also wonderful for camping, as, much like Heron Lake State Park and Navajo Lake State Park, it’s outrageously beautiful – easily one of the most scenic places in New Mexico, and the perfect place for an overnight adventure.