Named after the incredibly scenic Brantley Lake, this park is home to a bunch of different recreational activities. Brantley Lake State Park lies just 12 miles north of the famous Carlsbad Dunes in New Mexico, which means it tends to be a hotspot for those visitors looking to cool off after a long day in the desert.
Camping is great in Brantley Lake State Park, with 51 developed campsites situated around the lakeshore. There are also 52 campsites of varying upgrades, with some including electricity and water, and others even providing access to free localized wifi.
There are also RV dump stations for long-term campers and full restroom and shower facilities for the more primitive campers. Dogs are welcome everywhere within the campgrounds provided they stay on a leash at all times. Canines are strictly forbidden from any indoor structures, as well as any of the pool facilities adjacent to the tent and RV sites.
Due to Lake Brantley's popularity, watersports are hugely popular here. Boating is commonly seen on the lake, and there are two boat ramps free for public use located on either side of the park. If you're not looking for something quite so intense, the park also offers rental services for canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards for additional fees.
Sailing is also a popular activity on Lake Brantley, with classes running throughout the warmer months. Canines are allowed on the beaches provided they stay on their leashes, but are prohibited from boating and public swimming areas. If you are looking primarily for canine-based activities, the 2.6 miles of hiking trails here are probably your best bet.
They are all open to dogs, and most of them are paved and relatively flat. There aren't any doggie stations on these trails, so make sure to bring along bags in case you need to clean up any messes. Birding is popular here as well, so if you are taking your dog for a walk make sure to stop periodically and check out the sights.