Santa Rosa Lake Recreation

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages the dam and has an information center, open 8:00 to 4:00 M-F, which offers exhibits on dam construction, archaeology, and area flora and fauna.

Recreation facilities are leased to and managed by New Mexico State Parks. Federal Discount Passes are not valid at this location.

Santa Rosa Lake State Park consists of three main areas: Rocky Point Campground, Juniper Park Campground and Boat Ramp, and Los Tanos Primitive Area. The following information is provided as a general overview. For more information, please visit the Santa Rosa Lake State Park website by clicking here.

Rocky Point Camping Area

This is a picturesque campground located on the northwest side of Santa Rosa Lake. This facility contains 52 campsites.

  • Loop A contains 25 sites, all with electrical hookups and potable water spigots. This loop is very popular with the RV crowd  
  • Loop B contains 27 sites. This loop does not have electrical hookups, but does have potable water spigots, and serves as a nice overflow area.
  • Restrooms with full service showers and waterborne toilets are located between A and B loop.
  • A well-maintained playground, located near the restrooms, is provided for children of all ages.  

Juniper Park Camping Area

This area is surrounded by juniper trees and offers the visitor 26 sites, all in close proximity to the shoreline. No electrical sites, but waterborne restroom facilities are available.

Los Tanos Primitive Camping Area

For the camper seeking a primitive camping experience, Los Tanos has 15 tent pads and a masonry vault toilet. This area is the gateway to the Project’s Equestrian Trail, and provides corrals and potable water.

Other amenities available at Santa Rosa Lake State Park:

Two Group shelters complete with grills and picnic tables, are available for rent.

The four lane boat ramp is located near Juniper Park.


Recreational activities the public can engage in include:


Fishing in Santa Rosa Lake can be quite productive for walleye, black bass, catfish, crappie and panfish. During the spring and fall, the lake is often drawn down.

Water Sports

Santa Rosa Lake is open to boating, fishing, water-skiing, wind-surfing, scuba diving and PWCs (personal watercraft).


Picnic facilities are available for families and groups at the Juniper Park Picnic Area. Universally accessible toilets are centrally located. All sites are covered and have outdoor cooking grills.


Immerse yourself in the beauty of the piñon and juniper surroundings by hiking the Accessible and Overlook Scenic Trails. The Accessible Scenic trailhead is located across the road from the Corps of Engineers Administrative Office. This trail is a 3/4-mile-long, paved accessible loop trail. The Overlook Scenic trailhead is located just east of the Overlook Facility. It is a paved 1/2 mile loop trail.

Bird Watching 

During the winter months Bald Eagles are prevalent around the lake. Bring your binoculars and see double crested cormorants, roadrunners, and several species of waterfowl.