Discover A Pristine Paradise When You Visit New Mexico’s Lost Lake

A unique blend of otherworldly southwest beauty and vibrant history, New Mexico’s dramatic landscapes are also home to a surprising number of scenic lakes, waterfalls, and bodies of water. From the powerful, iconic course of the Rio Grande to the scenic banks of the Jemez, there’s no shortage of idyllic spots to kick back and enjoy the abundant sunshine. After all, we’re called the Land of Enchantment for a reason! One of those reasons is New Mexico’s magnificent ability to keep surprising us over and over with its hidden gems and dazzling, under-the-radar scenery. For those who seek something a little more remote, special, and beautifully preserved, getting off the beaten path to discover the magic of New Mexico’s Lost Lake is an absolute must-do.

As part of the Carson National Forest, Lost Lake is open for dispersed camping, but please follow all Leave-No-Trace principles and camp a respectful distance from the water to protect the environment (at least 300 feet). We want to keep this brilliant oasis pristine for decades to come! If you’ve ever visited Lost Lake in New Mexico, let us know your best tips to make this scenic adventure even better.

Editor’s Note: Before planning your adventure, be sure to check current conditions for fire, seasonal, and maintenance closures. The forest service website is regularly updated with this information. Happy trails!

Looking for more epic things to do in New Mexico? Check out some of our must-do family hikes around the state. Or, for a no-hike adventure, check out these fantastic places to see along New Mexico’s Route 66.

Address: Red River, NM, USA

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