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Fenton Lake State Park

455 Fenton Lake Rd., Jemez Springs, NM
505-829-3630
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Ranked #11 of 16 attractions in Jemez Springs
Type: State Parks
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The lake is small, but great for fishing, especially with kids. The campsites and toilets were clean. Our spot was 16. Quiet and a GREAT view. More chipmunks than I've ever seen anywhere else in NM! If you have kids under 12 head over to the Fish Hatchery. There's a stocked area and kids can fish free there. Lots of... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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80 reviews 80 reviews
20 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Between the shady trees and the easy access to fishing for visitors in wheelchairs, this lovely small lake is worth the drive through Whiterock and the winding road through the mountains. Sadly, the burn scars from several fires are clearly evident but makes one appreciate the ferocity of nature. The only complaint is that for the $5 fee we paid... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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236 reviews 236 reviews
93 attraction reviews
219 helpful votes 219 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Fenton Lake State Park is a truly beautiful park located within a couple hours' drive from either Santa Fe or Albuquerque. We drove in from Santa Fe, enjoying the scenery along Highway 4. We reserved our campsite online and obtained the last site without hookups. Sites with hookups are even more limited and can book up several months in advance.... More

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Farmington, NM
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

With the news saying this and other areas nearby were open again because the fires were out, we showed up at 6:30 PM on a Friday night, whoops, campground full! Had to camp at the nearby Jemez Falls Campground instead. Came back Saturday morning, even then all the campsites were full and we had to drive around for an hour... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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94 reviews 94 reviews
37 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Fenton Lake was unexpected. It was prettier and cooler than I had imagined. The winding road up to the lake was pretty as well. After being in Albuquerque for a month during the heat wave, it was a refreshing break to get out of the desert and the city. It was in the 50's when we arrived early in the... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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53 reviews 53 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

We live in ABQ and drive up here for a day of fishing, or just a lollygagging picnic. We bring friends, or come alone, or I camp alone, or camp with grandkids . . . either way we enjoy our stay every time. Sounds to me like some of the other reviewers did something stupid and expected the Rangers to... More

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

We showed up late to camp. The entire campground was empty. Our tent site was covered in ice so we spread out a little bit. One vehicle, two tents. The next morning the ranger showed up and charged us for 3 sites! He said we were occupying three different sites. Unbelievable. I guess we were helping Him meet his quota... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

recently my friend and I went fishing at fenton lake. We paid our parking fee of $5.oo for the VAN we went on. Later in the day, the park ranger gave us a citation for not paying a $15.00 fee required for a BUS as noted on the entrance parking fee notice. We tried to explain to theindivual officer that... More

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Los Alamos, New Mexico
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

I drove into this park to check it out. Very few sites have electricity, many are unlevel and hard to get into. I talked to the local "Barney Fife" inside the park and he was not courteous or friendly. He was on some sort of ego trip that I did not have time for. I left the park and will... More

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Jemez Pueblo NM
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51 reviews 51 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

Fenton Lake lies in the heart of the Jemez Mountains on State Highway 126 just a short drive from Jemez Springs. The trip up to the park is a very pleasant drive, paved all the way, with outstanding scenery along the way. It's not uncommon to see rabbits and squirrels along the road driving in. The park does require a... More

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