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“Scary! Only campers there”

Heron Lake State Park
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Alcalde
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Owner description: Known for excellent sailing, fishing, hiking and cross-country skiing, this scenic park offers a 6,000-acre lake where boats can only operate at no-wake speeds.
San Diego, California
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Scary! Only campers there”
Reviewed November 4, 2013

We planned on camping here for riding the Cumbres & Toltec train. Pulled in on a Monday afternoon near sundown in late September. Pulled into the first area, I think It was called Blanco and there were a few campers in RVs and didn't se a spot we liked. Left for Brushy point down the road a piece. Loved it! The entire place was eMMMM/Teeee!!!! So we found a spot of our choice and started to set up camp. Funny, when you have tons of spots to choose from you have a tougher time picking one. We were close to the outhouse and the only disappointment was that the lake water was so far away. I was hoping for a spot like I saw in the NM rservation site with the water right out back but those must have been taken a long time ago before the West went into this 5 year drought. We told scary stories for a while and crashed. Woke up to a odd cat sounding creature noise so I got up and shined the light to no avail. Whatever it was it stopped making noise :) anyhow we spent 2 nights here and never saw another person-or anything that made that noise.... I can see when this place would be busy in season. Looks like a great place for the summer - or anytime. the sites are equipped nicely and there is some separation from the others sites. Some are close but they are not on top of each other.

Would stay again in a heartbeat.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Mccaf
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Farmington, NM
Level 4 Contributor
49 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Nice place to camp, not much to do if you don't have a boat!”
Reviewed July 12, 2013

This was our first attempt at camping, and it went really well! Finding a site in the dark was a bit of a pain though, but hardly the park's fault!

During the day we couldn't find much to do, the water level is pretty low, so access to the lake itself is pretty difficult. There isn't much to do here besides hiking if you don't have a boat.

Visited July 2013
Thank Paul G
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Taos, New Mexico
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“The beautiful outdoors!”
Reviewed December 6, 2012

As long as you can overlook the ecological problems of damming, and boating oil on the water doesn't ruin your day, this is an otherwise beautiful camping area. In the height of the season, you will definitely be around other people, but if absolute privacy isn't your primary concern, it is worth stopping by!

Thank Jas C
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San Diego, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good fishing”
Reviewed October 17, 2012

I hear Salmon snagging is great there. The lake is a no wake lake so great for fishing with out speed bouts disturbing you.

Visited September 2012
Thank Brian L
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Thayer, Kansas, United States
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great place to dip in toes”
Reviewed July 11, 2012

Water was cold clear and ready for you to play in. We jumped in and caught our breath. It was cold in the beginning but on the rocks it wasn't so bad.

Visited July 2012
1 Thank Donna D
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