Abiquiú

  • Distance from Santa Fe: 56 miles
  • Open Date: Peak: April 15 to Oct. 14
  • Amenities: Enjoy waterskiing, fishing,
    boating and camping. Ten minutes to Ghost Ranch and Georgia O’Keeffe’s house.
  • Pro Tips: Bring an umbrella or whatever shade-providing tool you like, because it gets hot and there aren’t any trees.

Cochiti

  • Distance from Santa Fe: 36 miles
  • Open Date: Peak: April 15 to Oct. 15
  • Amenities: Try out the windsurfing, beach lounging, camping, boating and fishing. Only five minutes from Tent Rocks!
  • Pro Tips: Yeah, they look dorky, but a pair of a water shoes might do you good on the rocky lake bed “swim beach.”

Eagle Nest

  • Distance from Santa Fe: 99 miles
  • Open Date: Peak: April 15 to Oct. 15
    Walk in: Oct. 16 to Nov. 30
  • Amenities: Fish the fish, boat the boats, ride them horses and camp at this state park sweet spot that’s over 8,000 feet in elevation.
  • Pro Tips: See why it’s called Eagle Nest by taking a stop at an overlook on Highway 64 going towards Cimarron.

Heron

  • Distance from Santa Fe: 103 miles
  • Open Date: Peak: May 15 to Sept. 17
    Walk in: Sept. 18 to May 14
  • Amenities: Get away from the high-speed boating and relax by birding, hiking, camping and/or fishing.
  • Pro Tips: If you’ve got kids or grandkids—or are in fact a child reading the newspaper—come on Fridays or Saturdays for the arts and crafts activity at the visitors center.

Santa Rosa

  • Distance from Santa Fe: 109 miles
  • Open Date: Peak: Whenever the lake fills up to Sept. 3
  • Amenities: Scuba dive at the Blue Hole, bring the kids to Park Lake’s floating obstacle course, or unwind while fishing at Perch Lake.
  • Pro Tips: It gets really crowded in the latter half of the summer, so try to go soon.

El Vado

  • Distance from Santa Fe: 109 miles
  • Open Date: Peak: May 15 to Sept. 15
    Walk in: Sept. 16 to May 14
  • Amenities: It’s your classic lake experience: waterskiing, sailing, fishing and
    hiking galore.
  • Pro Tips: Don’t be too alarmed by long sections of unpaved road—you’re probably not too lost.