Bluewater Lake State Park
Guide

Share your visitation dates

Introduction

Bluewater Lake State Park is a prime example that you don’t have to travel too far to be completely transported to peace and relaxation. With views of the Zuni Mountains, this northern New Mexico state park provides campers 3,000 acres to enjoy on land or by water. With Bluewater Lake, this state park is popular among anglers for catching rainbow trout, catfish, and the best tiger muskie. RV campers will see the abundance of birds as 68 different species migrate here making a fantastic place for birding. This state park offers trails for campers of all sizes - including horses - over the many miles to explore. You’ll find that this area offers many great locations for the perfect picnic with scenic views. Visitors will learn that Bluewater Lake State Park is higher than you think as it's altitude is 7,400 feet., allowing for ice fishing during the winter months. Bring your RV to camp at one of the four campgrounds, Lakeside, Canyonside, Northpoint, and Pinon Cliffs. First-come, first-served, make sure to get to the campground early to claim your spot. Make sure Bluewater Lake State Park is on your list to visit in your RV - you’ll be glad that you did as fun awaits you here.

RV Rentals in Bluewater Lake State Park

Transportation in Bluewater Lake State Park

Driving

Close to 1-40, Bluewater Lake State Park is only miles west of Grants and nearby Fort Wingate and Gallup. You’ll find that this RV destination makes for a great getaway if you live Alburquerque, New Mexico, as the state park is less than a two-hour drive. Get ready to navigate some steep hills when trying to access the state park. When driving at Bluewater Lake State Park, be prepared for some rocky terrain and, therefore, drive a little slower than average. The perfect getaway for a peaceful trip in nature in your RV!

Parking

Some of the best camping in New Mexico, you’ll be glad that you traveled in your camper to this gem of a park. When you arrive at Bluewater Lake State Park, check in with the park office to see what spots are available for camping and to pick up a park map. With friendly staff, the rangers can answer any questions you have during your stay. Each of the four campgrounds is small in size, so be prepared for small camping sites. Don’t forget to bring your leveling blocks as you may need them depending on which campground you decide to camp at during your stay.

Public Transport

Campgrounds and parking in Bluewater Lake State Park

Campsites in Bluewater Lake State Park

Reservations camping

Grants / Cibola Sands KOA

Home to the New Mexico Mining Museum, Grants, NM, is surrounded by natural wonders and brilliant Native American History. Grants/Cibola Sands KOA is a perfect base to explore the Acoma Pueblo, the El Morro National Monument, and the Bandera Crater and Ice Caves, all less than an hour away. Pull-through sites can host big rigs up to 85 feet. Find a nice spot with water and electric hookups or take advantage of one of the full hook-up sites with up to 50-amp electrical service. Eat healthy at the Kamping Kitchen or snack bar, restock your propane and firewood, and stay connected with Wi-Fi and cable TV. Pets are welcome.

First-come first-served

Northpoint Campground

You’ll be in awe from the amazing views of the Zuni Mountains and Bluewater Lake from your RV. There are 10 sites to select from at this peaceful campground that give you access to not only the state park but also the water.

Canyonside Campground

Bring Fido along as you’ll be glad that you camped at this little slice of heaven at this campground. With four partial hookups for campers to select from, do not wait on camping at this site as it is first-come, first-served.

Lakeside Campground

Enjoy waking up next to the water at this RV campsite. A cozy location with only eight full-hookup spots. This campground offers flush toilets, hot showers, potable water, and picnic tables. You can not reserve a spot at this campsite in advance, so don’t wait and get here today.

Pinon Cliffs Campground

A great place for all outdoor enthusiasts! With 14 spots providing electric hookups, this campground offers water spigots, dump station and group campsites. There is a bathhouse on site providing flush toilets, hot showers, and vault toilets. With close knit spots, this campground sites are tight and open to first-come, first-served.

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in Bluewater Lake State Park

In-Season

Birding

Come and see a spectacular site for birding in New Mexico! With over 68 different species of birds that migrate to this lush, diverse habitats provided at Bluewater Lake State Park, you’ll want to bring your camera in your campervan to capture all that you will see. From Brown-headed Cowbirds, Brewer’s Blackbirds, Lesser Goldfinches, and House Sparrows, get out and explore the trails or in your boat on Bluewater Lake to enjoy this unique viewing location.

Getting Out on Bluewater Lake

Take a break from your RV camping site as you head out to Bluewater Lake for some fun in the sun. Boats, both motorized and non-motorized, are welcome on the lake as boat ramps are available. From sailing or water skiing to paddling in your kayak, get ready to have a great experience during your camping trip to Bluewater Lake State Park. After you spend time at the water, stretch out on your towel and relax on the state park’s beach.

Picnicking

Bluewater Lake State Park offers many fantastic locations for you to take a break from the water or the trails and enjoy a picnic. Relax as you take in the sick views of the Zuni Mountains and the majestic Bluewater Lake. All tables are first-come, first-served, but if you are hosting a group such as a birthday party or a reunion, there is a picnic shelter for visitors to reserve in advance.

Off-Season

Fishing

Bluewater Lake State Park is popular among anglers, and once you get here, you’ll see why. Cast your cares away as you fish for rainbow trout, tiger muskie, and catfish. Make plans to bring your rod and favorite bait, as the fishing is excellent from your boat or along the lakeside. Before you cast your line, make sure that you have a valid New Mexico fishing license. Now get out there and catch the next big one!

Stargazing Under the New Mexico Sky

After having a memorable day on Bluewater Lake, set back and relax under the majestic, starry New Mexico night sky during your next RV camping adventure. Enjoy the break from technology as you grab a blanket to step outside your camper on a bright, crisp night. This park is secluded from the city skyline, providing a great place to see the best light show that Mother Nature has to offer. Be in awe during this peaceful experience!

Exploring the Bluewater Lake State Park Trials

You will want to bring your camera along as you venture out from your RV camping site to the hiking trails at Bluewater Lake State Park. Get ready to view the breathtaking Zuni Mountains and the gorgeous Bluewater Lake. Active hikers are encouraged to get out, breathe some fresh air, and see the state park from a different perspective as the trail is steep and rocky as you climb to the Bluewater Creek.

Share your Bluewater Lake State Park experience

List Your RV

Make Money Renting your RV

Outdoorsy RV owners make up to $32,000 a year renting their RVs.

List Your RV
Search Now

Find Your Perfect RV

Your next adventure starts here by searching thousands of available RVs for rent.

Search Now