Parks with Day-Only Programming (September 9, 2023)
Through the Girl Scouts Love State Parks program, Girl Scout troops, friends, and families celebrate their shared love for the outdoors at local state parks. The program kicks off at the beginning of each summer with the Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Patch Activity Guide and culminates with a series of field days in early fall.
Share your outdoor adventures online with #GirlScoutsLoveStateParks!
Many parks will have ranger-led activities throughout the weekend just for the Girl Scouts Love State Parks event, and all participants will receive free admission to the park they choose and Youth Girl Scouts will receive a special participation patch. Registration costs $5 per person. Specific activities are dependent on Ranger availability; if your group would like to lead an activity for others at the park, please reach out to Charli Murphy.
Parks with Day-Only Programming (September 9, 2023)
Parks with Overnight Option (September 8-9, 2023)
New Mexico is home to 35 state parks. Learn more about your local park below!
This serene lake, located 25 miles west of Grants, is set in a pinon-juniper landscape with views towards the Zuni Mountains.
The park offers camping, hiking, birding, horseback riding, and fishing. And not just any fishing – you’ll find some of the best tiger muskie fishing at Bluewater Lake!
Park Elevation 7,554 ft
30 Bluewater State Park Road
Prewitt, NM 87045
The southernmost lake in New Mexico is an oasis of water, wildlife, plant life, gorgeous sunsets, and stunning night skies.
Located twelve miles North of Carlsbad, NM, the park offers boating, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, hiking trails, exceptional bird watching, developed and primitive campsites, and restrooms with showers. Whether you’re picnicking for the day, or camping in your RV for a week, you’ll be sure to find adventure at Brantley Lake State Park!
Park Elevation 3,295 ft
33 East Brantley Lake Rd.
Carlsbad, NM 88221
Framed against the Caballo Mountains, this lake boasts an array of water recreation, such as boating, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, swimming, and fishing.
Choose from 170 campsites, with plenty of sites with utility hookups for RVs. There’s just as much to do off the water while hiking, horseback riding, birding, and picnicking.
Park Elevation 4,447 ft
10 Palomino Road
Caballo, NM 87931
Cerrillos Hills, New Mexico’s 34th State Park, is a year-round, day-use park located off the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway between Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
You will cross paths with over 1,100 years of mining history along the five miles of trails and enjoy spectacular views of the Sandia, Ortiz, Jemez, and Sangre de Cristo Mountain Ranges.
Park Elevation 5,900-6,100 ft
37 Main Street
Cerrillos, NM 87010
The Cimarron River flows through this narrow, forested canyon, located near Eagle Nest on the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway.
The park offers beautiful views, interesting geology, quiet camping, fly fishing, hiking, and equestrian trails. The wildlife viewing opportunities are amazing, as the park sits at the center of the Colin Neblett Wildlife Management Area.
Park Elevation 7,876 ft
28869 Highway 64
Eagle Nest, NM 87718
City of Rocks gets its name from the incredible volcanic rock formations found here.
The park encompasses a one-square-mile area in the scenic Chihuahuan desert region of southwestern New Mexico at an elevation of 5,200 feet. The “city” is a geologic formation made up of large, sculptured rock columns, or pinnacles, rising as high as 40 feet and separated by paths or lanes resembling city streets. These rocks were formed about 34.9 million years ago when a very large volcano erupted. Then, erosion over millions of years slowly formed the sculptured columns seen today, creating a stunning, otherworldly landscape.
Located about halfway between Silver City and Deming, City of Rocks offers campsites, hiking trails, excellent mountain biking, wildlife viewing, birding, stargazing, picnic areas, and a desert botanical garden. The uniquely designed, new Visitor Center includes a large display area and modern restrooms with hot showers. City of Rocks State Park is your official sponsor of adventure!
Park Elevation 5,259 ft
327 Hwy 61
Faywood, NM 88034
The park is an oasis in the rolling grasslands of northeastern New Mexico.
Enjoy boating, picnicking, camping, fishing, and hiking. Get a unique glimpse of the past when you explore one of the most extensive dinosaur trackways in North America and a close-up look at the stars at the Lake Observatory.
Park Elevation 5,186 ft
141 Clayton Lake Road
Clayton, NM 88415
Just northwest of Tucumcari, this lake features secluded coves, canyons, and sandy beaches, excellent for camping, boating, and fishing.
One of New Mexico’s largest lakes, you can explore the 11 miles of the Conchas River or 14 miles of the South Canadian River portions of the lake. With miles of shoreline, there is ample opportunity for hiking and birding too.
Park Elevation 4,253 ft
501 Bell Ranch Road
Conchas Dam, NM 88416
Coyote Creek State Park, about an hour southeast of Taos, is nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains along a meandering stream.
Enclosed by a forest of oak, spruce, and pine, the small creek valley displays abundant wildflowers, cool temperatures, and beautiful views. The park is ideal for fly fishing, camping, hiking, and birding.
Park Elevation 7,667 ft
Highway 434, Mile Marker 17
Guadalupita, NM 87722
Eagle Nest Lake State Park est. 2004
This alpine lake park is located on the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway and is surrounded by the stunning scenery of the high mountains of the Moreno Valley, including views of Wheeler Peak, the highest point in New Mexico.
This park offers a cool retreat from the summer heat for fishermen, boaters, campers, hikers, and wildlife enthusiasts. An abundance of animals makes Eagle Nest Lake an ideal location for wildlife viewing.
Park Elevation 8,200 ft
42 Marina Way
Eagle Nest, NM 87718
If you like camping, fishing, boating, or just being outdoors, Elephant Butte is for you.
There is plenty of water and plenty of beach room at New Mexico’s largest State Park. Elephant Butte Lake can accommodate watercraft of many styles and sizes: kayaks, jet skis, pontoons, sailboats, ski boats, cruisers, and houseboats. Remember to wear your life jacket. Boat safe and boat smart! Besides sandy beaches, the State Park offers restrooms, picnic areas, playgrounds, and developed sites with electric and water hookups for RVs.
Park Elevation 4,527 ft
101 Hwy 195
Elephant Butte, NM 87935
Located in New Mexico’s northern mountains, El Vado Lake State Park offers fishing, boating, camping, hiking, winter cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.
A 5.5-mile scenic trail along the Rio Chama connects El Vado with nearby Heron Lake. Quiet coves around the lake are great places to catch trout and kokanee salmon. The lake and surrounding area are a major wintering ground for bald eagles and other birds.
Park Elevation 7,209 ft
State Road 112
Tierra Amarilla, NM 87575
The Jemez Mountains provide the backdrop for this stunning year-round retreat surrounded by beautiful ponderosa pine forests.
Fenton Lake State Park is a mellow mountain escape. The Rio Cebolla flows through the park and the lake provides an opportunity to fish and canoe. The park also attracts campers, hikers, and cross-country skiers. There is even a fun playground for the kids.
Stocked with rainbow trout from fall through spring, the lake is home to German brown trout and is an ideal spot for flyfishing. Although most anglers prefer the warmth and comfort of summer, there is also winter ice fishing.
Park Elevation 7,650 ft
455 Fenton Lake Road
Jemez Springs, NM 87025
A picturesque lake set among the tall pines of northern New Mexico, Heron Lake State Park has been designated a “quiet lake” where boats operate at no-wake speeds only, making it an excellent location for all types of paddle craft.
Heron Lake also has amazing sailing, cross-country skiing, and hiking. The park is a fisherperson’s paradise with record-size trout and kokanee salmon. Ice fishing is very popular in winter. Several campgrounds line the shore of this scenic lake with primitive and developed campsites available for every taste.
Park Elevation 7,167 ft
640 State Road 95
HC-75 Box 1051
Los Ojos, NM 87551
New Mexico’s first State Park is set in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains pine forest, along Little Tesuque Creek.
The park is a short drive from Santa Fe and offers excellent group facilities and campsites. There are beautiful hiking trails with spectacular views. You can enjoy Hyde Memorial State Park in the winter months too with snowshoeing, sledding, and cross-country skiing opportunities available.
Park Elevation 8,300 – 9,400 ft
740 Hyde Park Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501
After a short 25-minute drive from bustling Las Cruces, you’ll arrive at this quiet park along the Rio Grande.
Leasburg Dam State Park offers peace and relaxation, a beautiful cactus garden, several hiking trails, and opportunities for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and birding. Night sky programs are very popular at this park, which features an observatory.
Park Elevation 3,962 ft
12712 State Park Road
Radium Springs, NM 88054
This native wildlife zoo, accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, exhibits more than 40 species of animals and hundreds of species of plants native to the Chihuahuan Desert.
The park provides an up-close experience for visitors, with a variety of fun interpretive programs for every season geared for the entire family. Living Desert also has beautiful hiking trails, picnic areas, and group facilities. There is no camping, and no pets are allowed.
Park Elevation 3,482 ft
1504 Skyline Dr.
Carlsbad, NM 88220
Manzano Mountains State Park is an excellent destination for hiking and camping.
Nestled in the wooded foothills of the Manzanos, this park provides a quiet retreat and is a nice family getaway. Wildlife viewing, birding, and photography are great activities at this park.
Park Elevation 7,250 ft
Mile Marker 3, Hwy 131
Mountainair, NM 87036
The park is located on the Rio Grande near Las Cruces and 1.5 miles from historic Mesilla.
Visitors have many opportunities to view wildlife in natural surroundings while strolling one of the self-guided nature trails. Enjoy a fun ranger-led tour!
Park Elevation 3,879 ft
5000 Calle del Norte
Mesilla, NM 88046
Nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at 8,000 feet in elevation, this hidden lake sits at the edge of the Pecos Wilderness.
The lake is stocked with rainbow trout and offers excellent fishing. Canoeing is also a popular activity, and this pristine scenic spot offers a unique opportunity for camping. Due to parking and campsite size limitations, the maximum RV length allowed is 18 feet. Camping is on a first come first serve basis.
Park Elevation 7,953 ft
Murphy Lake Road
Mora, NM 87732
You’ll find this true oasis just north of Portales.
Oasis State Park is set among cottonwood trees, shifting sand dunes, and a small fishing lake. Although fishing is the park’s main draw, it also has several hiking trails, a peaceful and shady campground, and an abundance of birds.
Park Elevation 4,058 ft
1891 Oasis Rd.
Portales, NM 88130
Oliver Lee Memorial State Park – historical state park
Set against the dramatic Sacramento Mountains, this park features a historic ranch house, quiet camping in the Chihuahuan Desert, and pools of water under the cottonwood trees of Dog Canyon. Springs flow year-round and ferns cling to the sides of mossy rocks. The water in Dog Canyon has attracted people to the area for millennia.
Park Elevation 4,400 ft
409 Dog Canyon Rd.
Alamogordo, NM 88310
Pancho Villa State Park – historical state park
Located near the US border with Mexico, this historical park features an exhibit hall and structures that capture the rich history of the Pancho Villa Raid and Camp Furlong. The exhibit hall also showcases the Punitive Expedition, which was led by John “Black Jack” Pershing in 1916-1917. This military expedition to chase down Pancho Villa threatened to bring the United States and Mexico into direct conflict with one another during the height of the Mexican Revolution in Mexico itself.
Park Elevation 4,073 ft
400 West Highway 9
Columbus, NM 88029
Pecos Canyon, New Mexico’s 35th State Park, is a jewel near the Pecos Wilderness of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in north central New Mexico.
Just a short drive from Santa Fe and north of the Village of Pecos, this newly created state park is currently under development and will offer fishing, camping, hiking, and more!
Elevations 7,628 feet to 8,196 feet
This quiet park along the Rio Grande is shaded by tall cottonwoods and provides excellent fishing, relaxing camping, and outstanding bird watching.
Park Elevation 4,447 ft
80 Percha Dam Canal Road
Caballo, NM 87931
Rio Grande Nature Center State Park is located on the Rio Grande flyway, the park offers excellent birdwatching opportunities throughout the year.
There are indoor and outdoor wildlife viewing areas overlooking ponds, a native plant garden, and a pollinator garden as well as access to the city-managed trails to the Rio Grande and Bosque. The Visitor Center offers informative displays and a unique Nature Shop.
Park Elevation 4,968 ft
2901 Candelaria Rd., NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107
The rugged slopes of the Little Florida Mountains are the setting for this park, which boasts trails, unique geology, wildflower displays, and a peaceful campground.
The stunning scenery of the Spring Canyon unit of the park provides a peaceful area for hiking or picnicking.
Park Elevation 4,520 – 5,400 ft
9880 Stirrup Road SE
Deming, NM 88030
This reservoir on the plains of eastern New Mexico offers fishing, boating, camping, and hiking, as well as abundant bird-watching opportunities.
Equestrians are welcome at the Los Tanos Campground.
Park Elevation 4,751 ft
NM Highway 91
Santa Rosa, NM 88435
This serene lake offers great opportunities for fishing, bird watching, and windsurfing.
Choose from a variety of campsites with utility hookups for RVs.
Park Elevation 6,607 ft
Highway 518, Mile Marker 3.5
Las Vegas, NM 87701
The nature enthusiast will appreciate the abundance of wildlife, birds, butterflies, and wildflowers among the lakes, creeks, forests, and meadows.
Nearly all outdoor recreation activities are possible: Fishing, boating, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, and camping.
Park Elevation 6,664 ft
211 Highway 526
Raton, NM 87740
This lake on the grassy plains offers many activities, such as boating, swimming, fishing, wildlife viewing, and birding.
Relax at a campsite with views of the lake after a hike along the lakeshore.
Park Elevation 4,310 ft
32 Lakeview Lane
Sumner Lake, NM 88119
This reservoir on the Canadian River is one of the longest lakes in the state at nearly 13 miles and boasts a variety of fun water sports.
The campgrounds offer a variety of camping experiences, including the Yucca Campground, designed for RVs.
Park Elevation 3,762 ft
1800 540 Loop or PO Box 52
Logan, NM 88426
Villanueva State Park – Est. 1967
The park is nestled between high sandstone bluffs that form a canyon along the Pecos River near the small Village of Villanueva. Camp or picnic under the shade of giant cottonwood trees. Enjoy fishing, birding, wildflower viewing, or hiking the trails along the canyon walls.
Park Elevation 6,110 ft
135 Dodge Road
Villanueva, NM 87583