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Fenton Lake State Park

Address: 455 Fenton Lake Rd., Jemez Springs, NM
Phone Number: 505-829-3630
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Ranked #12 of 16 Attractions in Jemez Springs
Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Visiting Fenton Lake is easy and only adds a few miles if you are doing the Gilman Tunnels road. The small lake looks pristine and quiet in early morning light and is quite photogenic in beautiful surroundings.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This is one of the prettiest state parks I have stayed in. We got site #9, which has a great view of the valley. This park is relatively quiet, kept clean, and the camp host was very friendly. Convenient to many great day hike trails, Jemez scenic byway, and Valles Caldera. Reserve in advance if you plan to stay more... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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91 reviews 91 reviews
24 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 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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124 attraction reviews
259 helpful votes 259 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
15 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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58 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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
24 helpful votes 24 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
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
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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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