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When you book an RV in San Juan County, you will be able to spend time in a very popular New Mexico summer recreation area. In this county is Navajo Lake, which is a massive man-made reservoir that provides freshwater to many of the surrounding towns and communities. The lake has over 150 miles of shoreline and is less than 100 miles east of the famous Four Corners area.

Motorhome camping near Navajo Lake will allow you to explore everything the reservoir has to offer, whether that entails camping, fishing, hiking, nature watching, or something else. The reservoir sits at approximately 6,000 feet in elevation and is maintained by the Navajo Dam, which was built in the 1950s. The dam is over 3,500 feet long and, at its highest, 400 feet high. Major cities in the area include Albuquerque and Santa Fe, while smaller, more local towns include Farmington and Aztec.

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Getting Outdoors

New Mexico is an outdoor lovers paradise, and RV camping at Navajo Lake will give you unbridled access to some amazing outdoor features. Water enthusiasts will love the lake, of course, and there are two separate marinas from which you’re able to rent kayaks, canoes, and even motorboats for water sports. After renting gear, or bringing your own with your rental RV, be sure to explore the many small canyons and cliffs that surround the lake.

For more relaxing water-based activities, turn to fishing. Since the reservoir is a state-owned property, you’ll have to have up-to-date fishing licenses, and getting these shouldn’t be a problem in the nearest towns. Anglers can fish from the shore, the dam, wheelchair-accessible piers, or boats. There are plenty of varieties of fish to cast for, including salmon, pike, bass, and both rainbow and brown trout.

Another fantastic way to explore the area surrounding Navajo Lake is on foot on one of the many trails that traverse the area. Camping with an RV at the lake is one of the easiest ways to explore the trails since you’ll be able to get an early start without much commute. There are over four miles of trails in Navajo Lake State Park, and many more outside of the park to explore. The San Juan River trail is one of the most popular trails in the area and takes you through many canyons, along many cliff edges, and through a variety of diverse landscapes.

Camping at Navajo Lake

State park RV campgrounds are a sure-fire way to have a great camping experience, and luckily at Navajo Lake, there are seven such campgrounds to choose from. Navajo Lake State Park is home to nearly 250 RV compatible campsites, all of which are near to Navajo Lake. The majority of the campsites are open year-round, but some of them are seasonal since the roads to access them can get a bit dangerous with winter conditions.

Throughout the seven campgrounds, you’ll find campsites with electricity hookups, water hookups, and sewage hookups. There is drinking water available at all of the campgrounds, in addition to picnic pavilions, grills, fire pits, and centrally located bathrooms. To find campsites with more privacy, be sure to call ahead and talk with a ranger or park staff. They will be able to help you book the ideal campsite for your preferences.

Exploring the Area

When you rent a camper near Navajo Lake, one of the closest and most convenient towns to explore is Farmington. This town is joined by a few others in a small collection of towns and has a large assortment of restaurants for you to choose from when looking to eat out. There are also many gas stations in Farmington and the surrounding communities. Farmington is also home to the E3 Children’s Museum and Science Center, which is a fantastic place to go when you have kids who need to burn some energy.

There are also many ruins in the area that are easy to explore, including the Frances Canyon Navajo Ruins, the Salmon Ruins Museum, the Aztec Ruins National Monument, and more. Some of these ruin sites are paired with an onsite museum that is almost always worth checking out, as the information contained inside will help elevate your educational experience. A lot of these ruins can be found pretty close to Farmington, so be sure to plan a day containing both in-town and out-of-town adventures.

When you are willing to drive a bit further, the Four Corners Monument is one of a kind attraction that is absolutely worth experiencing. Nowhere else in the United States can you stand in four states at once, and since this Navajo Nation monument is less than 100 miles from Navajo Lake, it may be worth the drive, especially when you’re already heading west. There is a visitor center at the site and plenty of staff that is happy to answer any questions you have about the area.

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