Things to Do – Northern New Mexico

El Vado Lake State Park, NM

El Vado Lake State Park
State Road 112
Tierra Amarilla, NM 87575
Phone: (575) 588-7247
– Park Elevation 7,209 ft
Located in New Mexico’s northern mountains, El Vado Lake State Park offers fishing, boating, camping, hiking, winter cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. A 5.5-mile scenic trail along the Rio Chama connects El Vado with nearby Heron Lake. Quiet coves around the lake are great places to catch trout and kokanee salmon. The lake and surrounding area are a major wintering ground for bald eagles and other birds.

Website: El Vado Lake State Park

Heron Lake State Park, NM

Heron Lake State Park
640 State Road 95
Los Ojos, NM 87551
Phone: (575) 588-7470
– Park Elevation 7,167 ft
A picturesque lake set among the tall pines of northern New Mexico, Heron Lake State Park has been designated a “quiet lake” where boats operate at no-wake speeds only, making it an excelent locaction for all types of paddle craft. Heron also has amazing sailing, cross-country skiing, and hiking. Heron is a fisherman’s pardise with record-size trout and kokanee salmon. Ice fishing is very popular in winter. Several campgrounds line the shore of this scenic lake with primitive and developed campsites are available for every taste.

Website: Heron Lake State Park

Hopewell Lake Campground, NM

Tres Piedras Ranger District
PO Box 38
Tres Piedras, NM 87577
Hopewell Lake Campground sits next to its scenic namesake lake between Tres Piedras and Tierra Amarilla in northern New Mexico. Visitors enjoy horseback riding, hiking, fishing and canoeing.

Hopewell Lake is a small, man-made lake, set high in the Carson National Forest at an elevation of 9,500 feet. A forest of conifer and aspen trees covers the area and offers partial shade in the campground.

The 14-acre lake is perfect for canoeing and is regularly stocked with rainbow and brook trout. Several trails begin in the campground and are popular with horseback riders and hikers.

The campground contains a group day-use shelter and overnight campsite, as well as several family overnight sites. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided. Horse corrals and water troughs are on-site.

From Taos, New Mexico, take U.S. 64 about 40 miles west. The campground is on the south side of the road.

Website: Hopewell Lake Campground

Purple Adobe Lavender Farm, NM

Purple Adobe Lavender Farm, NM
WY 84 Private Rd 1622
Gate 31
(Between Mile Marker 210 And 211)
Abiquiu, New Mexico 87510
Phone: (505) 685-0082
Our farm was established in 2004 to grow and provide efficient, expert solutions for growing the finest lavender. We want to bring the best growing information to provide success to our customers and individuals interested in growing their own lavender. Whether it be for personal growers of lavender flower gardens or a commercial lavender growing farm, we want you to be informed so you can grow lavender successfully.

Our primary services include lavender plant sales, educational programs and information on growing lavender. We provide consultation, and, of course, our lavender bath and body product line found at our gift shoppe and in local stores. We also offer a host of specialty services catering to the unique needs of our clients.

Driving from Santa Fe – Drive north to Espanola on highway 84 & 285. Go west on Highway 84 out of Espanola heading to Abiquiu. We are located on hwy 84 between mile marker 210 & 211 on private road 1622. Look for our road sign. Turn on private road 1622 and come down the long road to the purple gate, gate 31 and follow the parking signs.

Driving from Chama, drive south on hwy 84 to Abiquiu and just past mile marker 211 look for our sign and turn left on private road 1622 and drive down long dirt road to gate 31 with the purple gate, turn in and follow the parking signs.

Website: Purple Adobe Lavender Farm

Salmon Ruins, NM – Museum, Library and Research Center

Salmon Ruins in New Mexico - Museum, Library and Research Center
6131 Highway 64
Bloomfield, NM 87413
Phone: (505) 632-2013
Fax: (505) 632-8633
Come visit us and see all that we have to offer…

  • Tour our 11th century ruins and a Chacoan great house
  • Experience a 19th century homestead
  • Picnic under our ramada
  • Investigate replicas of a sweatlodge, hogan, tipi, or pithouse
  • View ancient artifacts, as well as interesting new exhibits
  • Research and read in our library, specializing in the archaeology and history of the American Southwest
  • Browse our gift shop, filled with locally handcrafted Native American items and archaeological reference materials

Website: Salmon Ruins

Fish hatchery in Los Ojos, NM

Fish hatchery in Los Ojos
Phone: (575) 588-7307
Location: Village of Los Ojos, about 15 miles south of Chama.
History: Formerly called Parkview Hatchery, it was built in 1932.
Production: Catchable-sized rainbow trout, but may be converted to a fingerling rearing facility. Capable of raising three million trout fingerlings per year to be stocked in waters statewide.

Email: [email protected]

Continental Divide Trail Coalition, NM

Continental Divide Trail Coalition
Phone: (303) 996-2759
The Land of Enchantment offers many wonderful Trail Experiences! From the rugged Rocky Mountains to the desert grasslands of the Chihuahuan Desert, the CDT extends for 770 miles through New Mexico, a mosaic of azure skies, adobe architecture, ancient civilizations, “Wild West” desperados and red rock cliffs.

The CDT meanders through some of New Mexico’s most spectacular natural and historic landscapes: San Pedro Parks and Chama River Wildernesses with dramatic mountains, mesa tops and canyon lands made famous by Georgia O’Keefe, the Rio Puerco wild lands, thousand year old Zuni-Acoma trade routes, the El Malpais National Monument badlands: one of the nation’s best examples of recent volcanic landscapes, the Aldo Leopold Wilderness, the Gila Wilderness—our nation’s first—and ending at the Big Hatchet Mountains Wilderness Study Area, the stomping grounds of Geronimo.

New Mexico is home to the pike, pronghorn antelope, roadrunner, lizard, javelina and turkey vultures, as well as, pinon-juniper, ponderosa pine, cottonwood, aspen, mesquite, leafy aster, prickly pear, and yucca.

Website: Continental Divide Trail Coalition

Chaco Canyon – National Historical Park, NM

Chaco Culture - National Historical Park, NM The Center of an Ancient World

Today the massive buildings of the ancestral Pueblo peoples still testify to the organizational and engineering abilities not seen anywhere else in the American Southwest. For a deeper contact with the canyon that was central to thousands of people between 850 and 1250 A.D., come and explore Chaco through guided tours, hiking & biking trails, evening campfire talks, and night sky programs.

Chaco Canyon is located in northwestern New Mexico. The park can only be accessed by driving on dirt roads.

Website: Chaco Canyon National Historical Park
Directions: Directions to Chaco Canyon

Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center, NM

Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center
Phone: 505-685-1000
Toll Free: (877) 804-4678
Ghost Ranch is a unique combination of natural beauty, paleontology, geology, archaeology, history and art. It is not just the values of each of these separate aspects of Ghost Ranch, but rather the synergy of all of them.

Ghost Ranch is located 65 miles northwest of Santa Fe (forty miles beyond Española) on U.S. 84 between mile markers 224 and 225.

Website: Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center
Directions: Directions to Ghost Ranch