Santa Cruz Lake Recreation Area


Thirty miles north of Santa Fe, NM , the snow-fed waters of the Rio del Medio and the Rio Frijoles begin a 2,000-mile journey and a 7,000-foot descent to the Gulf of Mexico. For a time they gather at Santa Cruz Lake at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Chimayo, behind the 125-foot Santa Cruz Dam. Built in 1929 by the Santa Cruz Irrigation District, the dam is 535 feet across and 90 feet deep at the overflowing spillway. The lake covers 121 surface acres with water in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, providing recreational opportunities for anglers, picnickers, campers, and boat lovers alike. The scenic lake at base of Sangre de Cristo mountains offers boating, fishing, hiking and camping.


20 miles northeast of Santa Fe via NM 4


(575) 758-8851



Taos Field Office 226 Cruz Alta Rd. Taos, NM 87571


Boating Historic & Cultural Site Camping Fishing Hiking Picnicking Visitor Center Water Sports


BLM - Bureau of Land Management

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