Santa Rosa Lake State Park RV & Campground Guide

New Mexico

Located on the Eastern Plains of New Mexico, Santa Rosa Lake State Park offers many opportunities for adventure seekers. Bring your boat to play on the 3,500-acre lake that is fed by the Pecos River. You'll feel like an explorer as you paddle your kayak to the islands in the middle of the lake. In summer, water skiers practice their skiing at this lake that was created when the Santa Rosa Dam was constructed. Grab your fishing pole and tackle to catch largemouth and smallmouth bass, channel catfish, walleye, crappie, sunfish, and yellow perch. This park is about 8 miles north of Santa Rosa, 124 miles east of Albuquerque, and 140 miles north of Roswell.

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Weather
Spring 39-71 F
Summer 55-88 F
Fall 43-75 F
Winter 26-55 F
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Nearby Cities
Santa Rosa, NM
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Santa Rosa Lake State Park

Since you'll want to spend every minute possible playing on the water at this state park, it's the perfect destination for RVing. Many of the campgrounds in the area are relatively bare-bones. If you do not have a trailer or motorhome, rent one on RVshare.

Santa Rosa Lake State Park

Stay close to the water by booking your camping adventure at one of the developed or primitive campgrounds in Santa Rosa Lake State Park. Rates start at about $10 per night at this campground that has reservable and non-reservable sites. 

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: No 

• Wi-Fi: No 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Dump station, fire ring, picnic tables 

Ramblin’ Rose RV Park

You'll love the desert viewpoints seen from Ramblin' Rose RV Park, where rates start at $10 per night. Many camping pads are located near shade trees. 

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: No 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Laundry, community grill, recreation room 

La Loma RV Park

You will love the helpful manager at La Loma RV Park, and the on-site restaurant serves great food. At this campground, where rates start at about $10 per night, you will park on a dirt lot. The property is located just off Historic Route 66 in Santa Rosa.

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: Yes 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Restaurant 

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What to Do at
Santa Rosa Lake State Park

Inside Santa Rosa Lake State Park

At this state park, playing on the water is the most popular activity. You can go boating in motorized and non-motorized vessels, which you can launch from the boat dock. The fishing is often great because the nearby dam keeps the water warmer than in other nearby lakes, and the state regularly stocks this lake. If you feel like staying dry, take a stroll on the paved paths.

Outside Santa Rosa Lake State Park

Santa Rosa is known as the land of natural lakes. You'll love exploring the lakes connected by an underground water source. However, this Eastern New Mexico community also offers plenty of great places to dine and shop.

Restaurants

The Hutch Café

Start your day with a fruit parfait or some peanut butter toast and a specialty drink at this cafe. You can also come at lunchtime and enjoy some daily specials like loaded baked potatoes and barbecue chicken.

Type: Diner

Location: 400 Corona Ave, Santa Rosa, NM 88435

Chico's Tortas y Piñas Lokas

You may have trouble deciding between the green chicken enchiladas, chicken fajitas, and asada tacos at this wonderful restaurant. If you do not like Mexican food, then choose their wings, turkey legs, or other delicious choices.

Type: Mexican

Location: 2306 U.S. Rte 66, Santa Rosa, NM 88435

Silver Moon Café

Expect the chips and salsa to arrive quickly when you sit down at this restaurant. For your main dish, you can choose between a variety of Mexican and American entrees, like fresh salads, nachos, burritos, and hamburgers.

Type: Diner

Location: 2545 Historic Route 66, Santa Rosa, NM 88435

Comet II Drive In & Restaurant

Jalapeno poppers, corn nuggets, and guacamole are a great way to start your meal at this restaurant on Route 66. You can also get hamburgers, bean burritos, and patty melts.

Type: Diner

Location: 1257 Historic Route 66, Santa Rosa, NM 88435

Sun and Sand Restaurant

Wake up and head here for a great omelet or a breakfast toaster sandwich in the morning. When you come back for lunch, a patty melt, cheese enchiladas, or some terrific smothered fries will hit the spot.

Type: Diner

Location: 2050 U.S. Rte 66, Santa Rosa, NM 88435

Shopping

Tee Pee Curios

After you walk through the teepee positioned at the front door of this store, you will find unique gifts, including children’s toys and home décor options. Tee Pee Curios has been selling interesting items since the 1940s.

Location: 924 E Rte 66 Blvd, Tucumcari, NM 88401

Route 66 Townhouse Welcome Center & Gift Shop

Find out information about local attractions, shop for gifts, and browse through the old bottle collection at the Route 66 Townhouse.

Location: 904 U.S. Rte 66, Tucumcari, NM 88401

Plainsman Sporting Goods

Need to get ready for your next hike? Check out the selection of athletic shoes for your entire family at this family-owned sporting goods store.

Location: 115 W Center St, Tucumcari, NM 88401

Bulldog Mesa Outdoors

If you need new camping gear, want to arrange guide services, or are interested in planning a nature excursion, then contact this business.

Location: 6221 Quay Road AG, Tucumcari, NM 88401

Sightseeing

Blue Hole

Go scuba diving at this location that is connected to seven underground lakes. The Blue Hole has been used by cowboys and Native Americans as a watering hole for centuries.

Location: Santa Rosa, NM 88435

Route 66 Auto Museum

Does your travel group have an auto enthusiast? At this museum, you can see over 30 cars custom-built or restored.

Location: 2436 Route 66, Santa Rosa, NM 88435

Mesalands Dinosaur Museum and Natural Sciences Laboratory

This museum on the Mesalands Community College campus focuses on dinosaurs from the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods. You'll find everything from a 40-foot-long Torvosaurus skeleton to footprint casts.

Location: 222 E Laughlin Ave, Tucumcari, NM 88401

New Mexico Route 66 Museum

See a vintage diner display with Rock-Ola jukebox, gas pumps, porcelain signs, and a Loretta Lynn-signed Route 66 guitar. This museum also features classic automobiles that would have been driving on the Mother Road.

Location: 1500 West Route 66 Blvd, Tucumcari, NM 88401

Tucumcari Railroad Museum

Become an engineer of a GP-38 diesel train at the simulator at this museum set inside a 1928 train depot. You'll see many historical videos, documents, and photos related to New Mexico trains.

Location: 100 Railroad Avenue, Tucumcari, NM 88401

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How to Get to
Santa Rosa Lake State Park

You can easily reach this park from Interstate 40 in New Mexico. First, get off at the Santa Rosa exit. Keep right at the fork to get on U.S. 54 W/U.S. Route 66. Turn right on 2nd Street in Santa Rosa and right on Eddy Avenue. After that, turn left on North 8th Street. You should come to New Mexico 91 right in front of you. Follow it for about 6.6 miles to get to the park.

Entering Santa Rosa Lake State Park

The lake at this park is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for day use.

Per personal vehicle : $5

Per person : $0

Walk or bike into the park for free.

At Santa Rosa Lake State Park, you can enjoy playing on the lake during the spring, summer, and fall. In winter, you can go ice fishing. If you've visited this state park, then post about your experience on your social media feed. Be sure to tag RVshare so the site can read what you have to say. You may also send your stories and photos to [email protected]