New Mexico February 11, 2017
12 Beautiful New Mexico Lakes With A Magical Aura About Them
There are few things as peaceful as the sight of rippling lake water under an intensely blue, New Mexico sky. Previously, we highlighted
12 of our state’s most beautiful lakes. But, we’re not done! Here are 12 more scenic lakes that you’ll want to visit:
1. El Vado Lake, El Vado
This reservoir in northern New Mexico is five miles long and more than a mile across. If you're lucky, you might spot a bald eagle here during water. The lake is popular with hikers who relish the 5.5-mile riverfront trail joining this state park with Heron Lake.
2. Caballo Lake, Caballo
This shallow lake is often overlooked due to its proximity to Elephant Butte Lake. However, this is a pretty spot, set against the Caballo Mountains and it's much quieter than its better known neighbor.
3. Sumner Lake, near Fort Sumner
Savor the image of wheat-colored grass swaying beside the blue waters of Sumner Lake. At this state park you can swim, boat, or just sit back and watch for wildlife.
4. Williams Lake, Taos
This alpine lake sits in the shadow of Wheeler Peak. You can hike to it throughout much of the year (but bring snow shoes in winter).
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5. Storrie Lake, near Las Vegas
Did you know that you can windsurf in New Mexico? Well, that’s just one of many activities permitted at Storrie Lake.
6. Lake Farmington, Farmington
New Mexico is short on sandy beaches, which is why the seasonal swimming beach at this reservoir is such a delight. During the rest of the year, the lake remains popular with fishing fans.
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7. Eagle Nest Lake, Eagle Nest
Since this lake is at an elevation of 8,196 feet, it is bracingly cold. However, that makes it ideal for ice fishing - an activity many don't realize is an option in the Land of Enchantment.
8. Grindstone Lake, Ruidoso
Convenient to Ruidoso, Grindstone Lake offers scenic hiking and biking opportunities.
9. Lost Lake, Red River
Another gorgeous – if much longer - lake trail leads to Lost Lake. Although this is a more challenging day hike, the reward is this view.
10. Ute Lake, Logan
Ute Lake, which is technically a reservoir, stretches on for close to 13 miles. Fishermen appreciate the chance to catch catfish, largemouth bass, walleye, and crappie in these waters.
11. Clayton Lake, Clayton
While Clayton Lake is a peaceful spot, it’s also on the small side. However, in addition to water views, this state park contains a vast collection of dinosaur footprints and an observatory. The combined package is definitely worth a detour.
12. Morphy Lake, near Mora
Morphy Lake is nestled high in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Try a little canoeing or fishing at this undiscovered state park.
Which of these lakes most appeals to you?