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Loved this little spot

My husband has trouble walking and this was the perfect place for us and our kids. The kids could... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jen78703
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Austin, Texas
Good Hiking Trail

We hiked the Fisherman's Trail all around the lake and then behind the dam back to the parking lot... read more

Reviewed November 2, 2018
Jeffrey R
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Spring Branch, Texas
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband has trouble walking and this was the perfect place for us and our kids. The kids could hike proper trails up the hills and we could walk around the lake on a reasonable flat level surface. Just start at the lower parking lot...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jen78703
Reviewed November 2, 2018

We hiked the Fisherman's Trail all around the lake and then behind the dam back to the parking lot. Moderate up and down. Excellent views of the lake.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jeffrey R
Reviewed September 30, 2018

A nice area in the cool pines of New Mexico. The lake is well stocked with fish. There are several trail of all levels for hiking, biking or running. There is a disk golf course, ridding stables, and photography opportunities. Enjoy

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank NiteTravels
Reviewed August 31, 2018

Really gorgeous view. The lake looks so serene! Not too crowded, and not too lonely either. You can walk around and enjoy the scenic view.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank arupb256
Reviewed August 25, 2018

This lake is very close to Ruidoso, NM, which has a moderate 4 seasons. Free entrance unless you want to fish, then you will need a state license of course. A canoe would be perfect. Not a swimming lake to me. Too much greenery on...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed August 21, 2018 via mobile

This lake was closer to town while staying in Ruidoso, so we tried coming out. First off, it’s an unpaved road to main parking area. We had one in a wheelchair. There was a handicap-accessible bathroom, but it was at the top of the hill...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank corysinklier
Reviewed August 7, 2018

We recently traveled to RUIDOSO for a last minute get away with our grands. Both boys wanted to fish. We purchased the gear and fishing licenses for the boys at the local Wal Mart, and as we were checking out my husband ask where the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 605jacquem
Reviewed July 28, 2018

The lake is a beautiful turquoise. This is good only for people who can climb. Be prepared to bring a good pair of tennis shoes. I took sandals and learned the hard way. It may be a little difficult for elderly to go down the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank teachinglilmiracles
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

Very beautiful lake. We took the trail around it with a toddler in the back carrier. The trail is easy to moderate in some places. There was lots of people fishing, and a few on small boats in the lake.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Trek621085
Reviewed July 18, 2018

This is a beautiful clear mountain lake, fishing, trails, canoe and kayak rentals. Picnic tables available area is well maintained.

Date of experience: July 2018
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David R
August 18, 2018|
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Response from laurieg554 | Reviewed this property |
There is no camping at all at Grindstone Lake but lots of camping nearby both with and without hookups.
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rbenthal
July 12, 2018|
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Response from laurieg554 | Reviewed this property |
Yes you do need a NM Fishing license. You can purchase a temporary one ( 7 days I think) on line or at Walmart.
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Native P
June 13, 2018|
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You can fish until 10pm when the gates are locked. The limit is 5 trout, 15 blue hill, and 2 catfish
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