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Discover Fenton Lake State Park

Northern New Mexico has a fascinating volcanic history, mostly hidden, but you can definitely see it at Fenton Lake State Park with a little bit of imagination. This relatively small 700-acre state park is located in the Jemez Mountains, 80 miles north of Albuquerque and 70 miles west of Santa Fe. The land was acquired by the New Mexico Department of Fish and Game and was quickly transformed into a state park.

Fenton Lake State Park sits at a high altitude of 7,650 feet, meaning it often sees snow in the winter. Many winter sports aficionados come to Fenton Lake in the winter for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. In the summer, however, Fenton Lake State Park is a gorgeous destination for fishing, hiking, and mountain biking. The lake is a small 37 acres and sits in a lush valley surrounded by orange and red bluffs, all surrounded by aspens and Ponderosa pines. You’ll have an enjoyable motorhome camping experience if you book an RV in Sandoval County and explore all of the other natural areas found in northern New Mexico.

Getting Outdoors

Fenton Lake State Park has some great hiking and biking trails both within the park and in surrounding areas. The Hal Baxter Trail is an easy one-mile trail that follows the Rio Cebolla from the campground to a day-use area at the east end of the lake. There are some shorter, flat interpretive trails along both the west and east ends of the lake. Nearby trails will take you to vistas with incredible viewpoints and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Speaking of wildlife viewing, some of the animal species you’ll find in Fenton Lake State Park include deer, wild turkey, and elk. The valley glows with wildflowers in the spring, and migratory birds make Fenton Lake one of their destinations during migration seasons. The dark skies over Fenton Lake State Park are also perfect for stargazing and astrophotography.

Fenton Lake State Park is perhaps best known for its fishing and watersports opportunities. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout, cutthroat, and German brown trout. The lake does freeze over during the winter, but ice fishing continues in these colder months. There is a wheelchair-accessible fishing platform on the north end of the lake, and you can also cast your line in the Rio Cebolla. Anyone 12 years and older will need a valid state fishing license. You can launch a fishing boat from a boat ramp, but only trolling motors are allowed. Kayaking is also popular in the Rio Cebolla.

Camping at Fenton Lake State Park

The Fenton Lake State Park campground is in a beautiful setting. You’ll find 30 RV sites spread out along the Rio Cebolla, giving you plenty of privacy. Tall pines also provide ample shade. One site is ADA-compliant, and five of these sites have electric and water hookups for your camper rental. There's no dump station at this campground.

The campground at Fenton Lake State Park features vault toilets, water, and a playground for the kids. Each campsite has a picnic table and a fire ring with a grill. Feel free to bring your pets along for your Fenton Lake State Park camping adventure, but be sure to keep them on a leash at all times. The largest sites can accommodate RVs up to 50 feet long.

Exploring the Area

Fenton Lake State Park is remote, and if you’re in desperate need of fuel and groceries, you won’t find much nearby. The closest gas station is 30 miles to the west in Cuba. Other than some small stores and a few Mexican restaurants, there isn’t much else in Cuba. Your closest significant shopping opportunity is in Albuquerque, just over an hour to the south. Albuquerque is home to several infamous events, such as film festivals, marathons, and the hot air balloon festival. Don’t miss Albuquerque’s other historic sites, museums, and galleries.

You have several other options for your RV camping adventure in New Mexico. Just a few miles to the east along Highway 4, you’ll pass through the collapsed volcano at Valles Caldera National Preserve and the ancient ruins at Bandelier National Monument. Los Alamos and Santa Fe aren’t too far beyond those. If you travel northwest of Fenton Lake State Park in your campervan rental, you can explore magnificently-preserved ancient ruins. Chaco Culture National Historic Park preserves a large pueblo village, and more ruins are north of that at Aztec Culture National Monument. Once you get into Colorado, you can explore the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park and Yucca House National Monument.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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