Bluewater State Park | Established Campground

United States

Details

Verified:
8 months ago
Altitude:
2237.0 masl
Phone:
Project Office: (505)876-2391
Contributor:
BodesWell

Amenities

Electricity:
Yes - At Sites
Wifi:
No
Kitchen:
No
Restaurant:
No
Showers:
Hot
Water:
Potable
Toilets:
Pit Toilets
Big Rig Friendly:
Yes
Tent Friendly:
Yes
Pet Friendly:
Yes
Sanitation Dump Station:
Yes

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Breathtakingly beautiful & serene. Peaceful & quiet. Relaxed atmosphere. Respectful campers. The campsites by the lake have an amazing view. Pet friendly & very cheap camping.

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Great state campground with gorgeous lake overlooks. $10 a night for developed site no electricity no water. About 7 miles south of I-40. Pit toilets, gravel camp parking sites with fire ring and picnic table. Quiet with most campers in the electric sites. Wild horses in the area, all we saw were the apples.

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Very few were here! It was 27F overnight. Our van was covered with ice in the morning! We paid $15 for our site but shower was not opened! We were able to use the dump, refilled water for dishwashing! I wouldn’t drink it though. Wild horses roaming around!

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7500 elevation. Ok campground. Small sites, most fairly close to another and not level. Dirt roads seem soft in spots. Most loops are closed now in the off season. Showers and flush bathrooms closed. Some pit toilets are open. Fantastic sunset.

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Before May 15 only about half of the campsites are available. Very few people here. Barely one bar of ATT at site 27. Lots of glass near dam lookout so be careful with pups.

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Large developed campground that has spots with electric and water ($14), tent spots ($8) and day use areas. Fairly level gravel spots with picnic tables and fire pits. Showers and flush toilets closed for the season. Lake is fairly dried up but beautiful meteor shower last night and woke up to wild horses grazing nearby. Would be perfect except zero cell signal.

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Another wonderful NM State Park. No reservations required for electrical sites. Quiet and serene. Bathrooms are very clean, warm and water is hot.

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Best state campground we found in 7 months all over the U.S. beautiful location we were at Site 35 Pinon section of the campground. Beautiful view on the lake , super quiet , super clean pit toilets everywhere, super clean hot water shower, dump station, potable water to fill tanks , nice trails around … and great price .. 10usd per night . Great cell service as well … whatelse ??

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Clean water and dump stations near front entrance. Free hot showers a little further down. Beautiful campsites but some are very sloped.

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Stayed at the lakeside campground, had grill, fire pit, and table campsite was very well maintained, plenty of space between the campsites. showers are closest to the north point campground. Showers were nice, plenty of room in the stall to change and get dry, the bathrooms were clean as well. Overall campgrounds we’re very quiet and everyone was respectful! Would definitely stay here again if traveling on the I-40.

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Stayed for the weekend 5/13 - 5/15/23. Nice campground with semi warm showers. Lots of choices for sites including electric or not, lake views, lakeside camping. Quiet and beautiful! Full moon while there which was pretty amazing!! We definitely would stay here again, $10 non electric, $14 for electric.

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$14.00 nt w electric hook-ups, showers, flush & vault toilets. Also lakeside primitive camping. We were able to get there in our Teavato.

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Nice stay. Still $10 for regular sites, $14 for electric. The park has several different camping areas, most of which have one-way roads, so grab a map at the entrance.

Sites vary wildly. Some have concrete pads, most are gravel. Some are large, some are tiny and close to their neighbors. Some have great views over the canyon and far to the east, or over the lake, while others are tucked in pine and juniper. Vault toilets also vary. Flush toilets at visitor center.

Showers are hot (eventually) and free but you do have to lean on the button the whole time. It's like playing Twister, but alone and while washing your hair. Negligible water pressure adds to the fun. But, I'm clean.

Theoretically you can reserve online but it was all first come when I was here. Maybe it's not their high season yet?

There are wild horses that just wander through the park.

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It is now $10 / night and that is a bargain! Gate currently closes at 9pm so no late arrivals. great views and walking... and crystal clear pump fresh water. main bathroom and shower facilities are very clean and heated. pretty windy but would highly recommend!

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Good find, not far off the 40 though getting to it is a mountain road. Beautiful park with spots overlooking the lake. We went to the camping area up top, none of the dirt spots are level but there are spots with concrete pads too.

Primitive camping down by the boat ramp as well.

Bathrooms with showers were welcome, though the knob which has to be pushed the entire time and rather sporadic nozzle made for an interesting shower. But it was very clean!

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Very few campers. We chose a spot on the west side of the park. Nice secluded area but with outhouses which were pretty nasty. All in all, not a bad place to hole up for the night. Tables, fire ring,flat parking.
There is also a BLM campground on the opposite side of the lake that we used on our way to Texas. It was totally empty and very quiet.

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Pretty campground. We dry camped for $14. Many sites closed at the moment, but nice hiking. Glad we had a reservation this time.

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Nice place to stay! I paid $10 but might have read the fee chart incorrectly. 15% occupancy on a Monday at 8:00pm local. Gates to some of the camping areas were closed (my guess is due to low occupancy).

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Park is open now. Just checked their website.

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Park currently closed until further notice due to COVID-19

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I wasn’t thrilled with this place. A few things I learned, not mentioned in other reviews:

There is an entrance gate that closes when the park closes. You cannot get in to camp after the gate closes.

Hours:
Nov. 1 - April 1: 7am to 5pm
April 2 - Oct. 31: 6am to 9pm

You can leave the park after these hours but will not be able to get back in. The exit gate has tire spikes across it.

The “hot showers” are beach style showers that turn off after 30 seconds or so. It was extremely frustrating to shower this way. Not enough water to wash my hair. They also take a long time to get hot and there is no temperature control.

No AT&T service by the gate, and very limited within the park.

Day use fee is $5.

I arrived after the gate had closed and parked in a gravel parking lot to the side of the entrance without being bothered. Went in to the park the next day to shower. Didn’t love it.

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So far my favorite place I've visited in New Mexico. Campsite on Pinon Cliffs overlooking the lake. Hiked the Bluewater Lake Dam Overlook and another trail going down the Canyon to Bluewater creek behind the lake.

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Definitely an absolutely beautiful area to spend some time. I camped for three nights in the Canyonside Campground, with no one else around, midweek. I was in awe of the canyon below, and just walking ten more feet, seemed to offer another spectacular view. I’m sure I shot hundreds of photos! The campsites are nice, nothing special, but with a table and grill/fire ring, what else do you need? Most of the reserved campsites were “no shows,” which is frustrating when sites start to fill up. There was no camp host while I was here, just the park ranger now and then. If the place is full, and it’s getting late, I’d take one of those red, reserved sites for the night, and think nothing of it. Leave your $10, or $14 camp fee in the box and call it good!
Honestly, this place is worth the stop.

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This is a delightful spot. It is located 7 miles off the highway. The turnoff is at Exit 63. A camping spot without water or electricity costs 8 dollars.

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Great spot 7 miles off Highway 40 and Exit 63. Hot showers at the entrance. Beautiful lake and well developed camping spots.

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$8 dry camping. Lakefront sites.
Water system under construction when we visited

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