The Pecos Wilderness, in northern New Mexico, is a fantastic place to enjoy camping with an RV when you’re looking to experience what this part of the state has to offer you. The wilderness borders Santa Fe on the west side and Storrie Lake State Park on its eastern side, both of which are great New Mexican destinations. When you book an RV in San Miguel County, you’ll be able to easily explore Storrie Lake State Park and the nearby town of Las Vegas with ease.
Storrie Lake State Park was established in 1960 and includes a large lake with a small section of land preservation on its southern shores. The state park rests at 6,600 feet in elevation and covers over 80 acres in total. Although this is one of New Mexico’s smaller state parks, there is still a lot to do while visiting in a rental RV. The park is conveniently located just to the north of Las Vegas, NM.
One of the main attractions of Storrie Lake State Park is Storrie Lake itself, and there is plenty to do on this lake while visiting. There is an easily accessible dock that makes getting your boat and other watercraft in and out of the water a simple process, which is a major perk as there aren’t any docks to store your boat overnight. Both motorized and non-motorized boats are allowed, so be aware that while boating on the lake, you’ll be sharing the space with kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, and other personal watercraft.
Motorhome camping at the lake will make it easy to enjoy the early morning and late evening fishing times. The major types of fish found in the lake include Rainbow trout, catfish, and both small and largemouth bass. These fish are maintained by local nature preservation officers, and the lake is stocked annually to keep population levels up. Fishing is allowed from both boats and from the shore, so even when RV camping at Storrie Lake State Park without a boat, you’ll still be able to fish.
Other popular lake activities include windsurfing, sailing, swimming, waterskiing, tubing, and the like. There is a designated swimming area, but typically, there isn’t a lifeguard on duty, so be aware that you’ll be swimming at your own risk in Storrie Lake. There are also volleyball courts, picnic shelters, lookout points, and plenty of spots to bird watch from during your visit.
Camping at Storrie Lake State Park
The state park RV campgrounds at Storrie Lake State Park are a fantastic way to spend time at the state park without having to commute back and forth. There are six different campgrounds to choose from, and between them, there are over 44 developed campsites to choose from. The majority of these campsites can be reserved ahead of time, so save yourself the stress and reserve your campsite ahead of time after you figure out the details of your RV rental.
Between the various campgrounds, you’ll find plenty of campsites that offer both electricity and water hookups. The electricity hookups are always 30 amps at this state park, and there are no sewage hookups at any of the campsites. RV campers will also have access to centrally located restrooms with flushing toilets, hot showers, and picnic pavilions that are spread throughout the park. Some of the campsites are within easy walking distance to the beach, so if spending time in the water is a priority for you, be sure to reserve one of these spots ahead of time.
Exploring the Area
Las Vegas is just to the south of Storrie Lake State Park and is a good place to seek out restaurants, museums, and other modern attractions you may desire. The Las Vegas Museum is an important destination in town that will help you learn not only the local human history but also teach you about the natural history of the area and how it came to be the way it is today. This museum is filled with artifacts, old photographs, and documents that trace the frontier history of the town. There are also special exhibits about the Rough Riders, a locally based military regiment that helped form the town.
On the northwest end of town is a unique destination, the Dwan Light Sanctuary. This sanctuary was designed, conceptualized, and founded by Virginia Dwan, Charles Ross, and Laban Wingert as a public refuge from the pace, stresses, and anxieties of daily life. The site is designed to help visitors enjoy the bright New Mexico light by using prisms and specially designed seating areas to bathe the visitors in prisms.
More exciting museums can be found west of the park in Albuquerque. Near Tiguex Park in Albuquerque, there are a handful of museums that are all within walking distance of one another. Explora, a science museum, welcomes visitors of all ages to explore its 250 exhibits that focus on technology, art, and science. Nearby is the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, which has gems and dinosaur skeletons, the Rattlesnake Museum, which focuses on venomous snakes, and the Albuquerque Museum, which focuses on local history.