Bluewater Lake Canyonside campground
|An open campground near a lake with all of the normal activities one associates with a lake. This campground has electricity and water, but does not have good lake views. For good views without hookups, see the Piñon Cliffs and Lakeside campgrounds, or choose primitive camping on the north and east or soth and west sides of the lake.|
|Campground data||Waypoints||Maps||Getting to the campground||About the campground||Plants around the campground||Comments|
When we visited it:
|Cleanliness:||7. In one site, I picked up 36 small pieces of litter, including pieces of broken glass.|
|General notes:||Restroom had vandalized mirrors, toilet, urinal. According to the park, it was scheduled for maintenance in winter 2009-2010.|
|CanyonsideCG||Campground||Canyonside campground at Bluewater Lake State Park|
|Map name||Cartographer||Year||Scale||Topo map?||Online access||Notes|
|Guide to Indian Country of Arizona Colorado New Mexico Utah||Automobile Club of Southern California||1998||1:0||N||from Amazon (purchase)||Good overview road map for northwest NM. No scale is given on the map. The corner coordinates are approximate.|
|Wildernesses of New Mexico||US Forest Service||1981||1:1000000||N||No online copies.||Base map with national forests, wilderness areas and highways.|
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Getting to the campground:
Exit Interstate 40 (I-40) at exit 63 for Prewitt. Head south on NM 412. You should see a sign indicating that the park is 7 miles. Note that the road is very curvy after the cell tower, and you should heed the speed limit signs. NM 412 ends in the park. The entrance is 5.9 miles from I-40, and the campground itself is 6.6 miles from I-40.
About the campground:
This campground does have nice views off toward Mount Taylor. Here, Diana reads in site 5 with the mountain in the background. We used the electricity to power the laptop to work on the website code.
This is site 15, with the showers and flush toilets in the background. Beware: Several people cut through this campsite on their way to the toilets. We initially picked this site but moved for this reason.
The non-electric loop portion was closed for the season when we visited. This loop has more trees and nice tent sites, such as here at site 21. If you use the tent pad areas, you are setting up on gravel, but it is fairly level. For this portion of the campground, you can walk to the flush toilets mentioned above, or you can use the vault toilets in this loop.
The non-electric loop also have dramatic views into the canyon below (hence the name for the campground of "Canyonside"). You can hike into this canyon on the (aptly-named) Canyon Trail.
This is site 18, the campsite with the lowest visual density.
Plants we saw around the campground:
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