Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Bluewater Lake State Park
If you are a camping fan and happen to be rolling through Western New Mexico, you will want to consider the Bluewater Lake State Park near Grants. We spent a very relaxing weekend there during my blogging absence.
Located on the north edge of the Zuni Mountains and ringed with Pinon Pine trees and Cedars, Bluewater Lake State Park is not only a good campsite with excellent amenities, but it is a lovely scenic place to set up your tent. Being conveniently located off I-40, you could use this campsite as a base for further exploration. That is what we did, traveling to the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert 125 miles away in Arizona.
The lake and creek are stocked with trout and catfish. This site is also favored for winter ice fishing! Don't miss the trail that leads to the Bluewater Creek!
If you look carefully at the limestone that surrounds the reservoir, you will find snail and brachipod fossils. The limestone comes from the time when the Bluewater Lake area was an inland sea.
At this state park there are sites for RVs and tent camping. You can choose a primitive site for $8 a night, an improved site for $10 a night which includes a picnic table and a fire ring with your tent site. there are also RV and tent sites with electricity for an additional $4 fee. Both flush toilets and outhouses are on the site, and they are kept clean. The two sites with flush toilets are heated, and in one of them is a shower house with two shower stalls per gender. The showers are push button operated. The water is well heated and feels great when you are all sweaty and need to clean up. A trick about the push button showers is to keep pushing to get a steady stream of water. Otherwise, the water will peter out in a few seconds.
If you end up visiting Bluewater Lake State Park, leave me a comment about how you liked it.