Sitting at an elevation of over 7,000 feet, Heron Lake State Park is known locally for its extensive, sprawling scenery and calm, quiet atmospheres. Heron Lake State Park has a robust paddle craft community, with many guests enjoying the lake's rather sedate 6,000 acres. About 35 miles of pristine shoreline contain two launches for guests to drop in canoes, kayaks, and other wakeless water vessels.
Sailboat owners are free to use the deluxe concrete slip, which was designed specifically for larger boats. New Mexico requires up to date registration on all lake faring vessels, as well as requiring all would-be boaters to wear safety vests. Canines are allowed to accompany guests on the water provided they stay on some sort of restraint. For backpackers, Heron Lake State Park offers seven miles of trails to enjoy, be in on foot or bike.
These trails are entirely paved and offer a calm, enjoyable experience among the notable New Mexico tall pines. Known for its abundant wildlife, Heron Lake State Park's trails are perfect for guests looking to get in some birdwatching. If you'd like to get out on these trails with your dog, make sure they stay on a leash six feet or longer.
Doggie refuse bins are regularly posted on this network of trails, so make sure you scoop any poop your canine leaves behind. Campers are in luck here as well, with 250 fully developed campsites available for advanced reservation. These sites all come standard with a fire pit and picnic table and are located adjacent to restroom and shower facilities.
If you arrive in an RV or camper, there are 54 additional sites set up for just this purpose. For those guests who don't need very much in the way of amenities, primitive beach and boat-in campsites are also available. Canines are allowed on all campgrounds provided they stay on a leash throughout their stay. Gather your family and head to Heron Lake State Park, but don't forget Fido.