Reservation
Refund
Questions...

Find your spot

Find other facilities on map
 

Santa Cruz Lake Recreation Area, NM

Bureau of Land Management

Overview

Thirty miles north of Santa Fe, NM , the snow-fed waters of the Rio del Medio and the Rio Frijoles begin a 2,000-mile journey and a 7,000-foot descent to the Gulf of Mexico. For a time they gather at Santa Cruz Lake at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Chimayo, behind the 125-foot Santa Cruz Dam. Built in 1929 by the Santa Cruz Irrigation District, the dam is 535 feet across and 90 feet deep at the overflowing spillway. The lake covers 121 surface acres with water in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, providing recreational opportunities for anglers, picnickers, campers, and boat lovers alike. The scenic lake at base of Sangre de Cristo mountains offers boating, fishing, hiking and camping.

Recreational Activities:

  • BOATING
  • CAMPING
  • FISHING
  • HIKING
  • HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE
  • PICNICKING
  • VISITOR CENTER
  • WATER SPORTS

Address:

Taos Field Office
226 Cruz Alta Rd.
Taos,NM,87571
Phone: (575) 758-8851
Email: ttorres@blm.gov

Directions:

20 miles northeast of Santa Fe via NM 4

Recreation.gov helps you discover and book trips to all of America's public places.
Learn more about us, or about any of our agency partners below:
Bureau of Land Management Federal Highway Administration National Oceanic Atmosphere Administration Smithsonian Institution USDA Forest Service US Army Corps of Engineers US Fish and Wildlife Service National Park Service Bureau of Engraving and Printing Tennessee Valley Authority Bureau of Reclamation National Archives Records Administration

Agency Partners