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“5 Stars for Santa Rosa” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Santa Rosa Lake State Park

Santa Rosa Lake State Park
NM Highway 91, Santa Rosa, NM 88435
575-472-3110
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Ranked #3 of 3 Attractions in Santa Rosa
Type: Outdoors
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Salisbury, Maryland
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135 reviews 135 reviews
37 attraction reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
“5 Stars for Santa Rosa”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I'm giving this place 5 stars, only because there is so little to do in Santa Rosa and this offers many different activities for all ages. The spot has a playground, making it ideal for families on the road who want to let their kids run and burn off some energy after long car rides. They have charcoal grilling stations and picnic stations also great for families who want to have a little cookout. The grocery store called T&D Food stores located just further down the road sells charcoal, hamburgers, and hot dogs, so a cookout is totally possible if you don't have an RV or your own food.

The lake part is really great if you are looking to cool off. I thought the lake was very clean, and they have at least 4 life guards on duty. There is a diving board, and even paddle boats available, complete with life preservers. There are few lounge chairs, but many of them have not been used. I found this to be the perfect spot to sunbath in, especially if you are staying in a hotel that only has an indoor pool in Santa Rosa. Plenty of parking, and lots of places to walk. There are also shaded/covered areas for larger groups if you wanted to gather - many were having small birthday parties out there. They have bathroom/changing facilities as well.

Visited June 2014
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Windsor, Ontario
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Pretty spot, best for camping”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

My husband and I made a short visit to the park to walk a trail or two and do some birding. The park doesn't seem to be set up for hiking or birdwatching, but focuses mostly on camping. The park office was closed and no bird species list or similar information was available. We found one trail by accident, when we saw hikers emerge from the trailhead; the marking sign was almost invisible. The trail itself, through a mostly wooded area, is lovely, but we didn't manage any significant sightings that day. This seems like a great area for camping, but if you're planning a nature walk, I'd suggest looking up a map of the park in advance.

Visited May 2014
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Parker, Colorado
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Good overnight camping spot”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

We tent camped overnight. Campground and bathrooms were clean, good water and flush toilets. Be advised this is a local fishing hole and would not be a destination for most other visitors. However, the tent camping is a deal for only $10.

Visited April 2014
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Spokane, Washington
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Wonderful view, large sites”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014 via mobile

Our site at the Santa Rosa State Park is large with paved pad. Electric only at the site, but a convenient dump station is just down the road. Views are nice. Pleasant, quiet, and enjoyable. Lots of walking trails.

Visited March 2014
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Sitka, Alaska
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Beautiful, quiet, campground”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

I had no problem maneuvering my 26' travel trailer into a back-in spot. Water and electricity were available, and the campground was really pretty. A huge storm system nearly filled the reservoir in 70 hours last fall (Sept. 2013) and the waters are still a silty red color from that. The trails are lovely, the stars incredible, and the bathrooms clean. The showers on the women's side were always warm, but on the men's side, they remained cold. The Ranger at the visitor center was very helpful, and also explained the shower situation. The hot water hits the women's showers first, but has to travel through 42' of pipe before making it to the men's showers. So, a lot of men need to take a lot of cold showers before the hot water stays hot for them!

Visited March 2014
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