A primitive lake-side State Park campground with gorgeous 360-degree views on the Enchanted Circle in NE New Mexico.
- Site Quality = 3.5/5
This is a primitive (no hookup) campground, but sites are very nice. The sites on the outside of the loop are all flat, spacious dirt pull-throughs with lake views and lovely “sitting area” (shelter, picnic table, fire-pit/grill). Inside sites are long back-ins. Easy access throughout, even for bigger rigs and good separation between campers. No shade, but excellent 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains and lake.
- Facilities = 2/5
Very basic facilities here. There are pit toilets in the campground, one set of flush toilets at the visitors center and that’s about it. No showers or dump station. On-site water spigot and day-use areas with access to the lake for boating & fishing.
- Location = 5/5
Lovely location for the area. You’re right next to beautiful Eagle Nest Lake with access to boating/fishing (apparently some of the best fishing in the area). Very close to the cute ski-town of Angel Fire as well as the pretty Cimarron Canyon with hiking in both. Short drive to popular Red River.
- Pet Friendliness = 5/5
Another lovely doggie spot. Plenty of space to hang out in camp as well as opportunity to splash and swim in the lake. Nearby hiking in Angel Fire and Cimarron Canyon.
Overall Rating = 3.9
BONUS ALERT = Camp with 360-degree views of alpine mountains and lake!
Summary: This is a rather new State Park set right next to the gorgeous Eagle Nest Lake in a wide, alpine valley at ~8,300 feet. The campground is small (19 sites only) and primitive (deliberately kept that way so as not to compete with the nearby RV parks..of which there are several) so there are no showers, no hookups and no dump station. But, all that is made amply up for by the location and the view! Sites are lovely, large, flat with nice “sitting areas” (shelters/table/fire-pit) and 360-degree views including the stunning Mt.Wheeler. All have good lake views and you’re only a short 100-feet from the water with some of the best fishing in the area (according to locals). No shade in camp and you need to be ready for the famous NM winds, but temperatures are cooler than surrounding lower elevations in summer. The road coming into camp is dirt, but access is excellent and there is lots to see and do in the surrounding area. We had a look at the nearby Cimarron Canyon State Park, but it’s a lot more cramped with very limited access for bigger rigs so we were happy with our choice to stay at Eagle Nest. Overall a lovely little park with gorgeous views. We would certainly come again.
Extra Info: Verizon extended network only here, so you’ll get a good 1X connection, but no more. Sites cost $10/night (no hookups). Camping fees can be covered with New Mexico Annual Camping Permit. 19 sites overall. Approx. half of sites are reservable, half are first-come-first-serve. On-site water spigot, but NO dump station.