Day 483: What Lake?

Santa Rosa Lake SP Map

Our travels took us to Santa Rosa Lake State Park in Santa Rosa, NM.  The $10 fee covered a night of camping with no hook up; a dump station and a drinking water source were available.  Unfortunately, there was no cell service in the CG.  But we were able to set up the satellite dish and get our soccer fix by watching Fox Soccer Report.

Site #7 in the Juniper CG had a nice half-circle to park in, a covered picnic table,  and a bar-b-que, if we were so inclined.   The winds were pretty steady, so it wasn’t really a day to hang outside of the trailer.

Site 7
Site 7

We hit the water source and filled up with about 36 gallons of water using our water filter and 6 gallon jugs.  Then, it was time to explore.  Only 2 of the other 74 campsites were in use: one by an RV, and one for tenting.  The place was basically deserted on a Sunday late afternoon in April.  Go figure.  Of course, this campground did just open for the season on April 1, and the lake has been closed for boating since Aug 2012, which might be a logical explanation for the lack of use.

The walk to the dam overlook was straight uphill, but afforded an aerial view of the CG and our RV way off in the distance.  This area is clearly experiencing continued drought, as the vegetation looked thirsty.  I know we are chasing Spring across the country by traveling from West to East at this time of the year, but this was more than that.

Lookout View

The lake was practically non-existent.

Drought Lake


This is an Army Corps of Engineer site, and could really be a spectacular place of recreation.  We will likely stop here again on our way back West in August to compare the seasons.

Tomorrow is a long drive from NM to TX to OK.  Almost there!

~ NR

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