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El Vado Lake State Park


As of December 1, 2022, most of El Vado Lake State Park is closed for the winter season. We anticipate reopening our developed campgrounds on April 1, 2023. Dispersed camping will remain available throughout the winter at the Hargroves Recreation Area on the west side of the lake. Developed camping will be available throughout the winter at our neighboring park, Heron Lake State Park, (575)588-7470.
    Posting Dates: 12-01-2022 - 04-01-2023


A large-scale renovation project of El Vado Dam has forced the closure of the Day Use Area at El Vado Dam. Please stay clear of all construction areas.
    Posting Dates: 4/11/2022 - ongoing
Developed campsites at El Vado Lake State Park are currently closed for the winter season. Developed campgrounds are scheduled to reopen on April 1, 2023.
    Posting Dates: 1/2/2023 - 4/1/2023
Due to the ongoing renovation of El Vado Dam and the resultant lack of fishable surface area, ice fishing remains closed TFN.
    Posting Dates: 1/10/2023 - 4/1/2023


Stage I Fire Restrictions: Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove is prohibited except in State Park developed camp and picnic grounds where grills and stoves are provided by the State Park.
    Posting Dates: 8/2/2022 - ongoing
The use of devices fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off is allowed. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three (3) feet of the device. Smoking is prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site/improved site, or while standing in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
    Posting Dates: 8/2/2022 - ongoing

Boating Conditions

Elevation (MSL): 6,785.000
Surface (Acres): 297.000
Volume (Acre Feet): 2,152.000
    Last Updated 1/23/2023

Job Opportunities

Park Ranger Specialist
    Posting Dates: 11/1/2022 - ongoing
    Please apply at SPO Job Listing

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State Road 112
Tierra Amarilla NM 87575

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