Lake Alice

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Lake Alice campground in Sugarite Canyon State Park is open year-round, and conveniently located near the road. You can reserve many of the campsites here over the web or via phone. However, for a nicer campground, check out the nearby Soda Pocket campground.

Campground data:

Controlling agency: New Mexico State Parks; Sugarite Canyon
Region: Northeast; Sugarite Canyon State Park.
CG elevation: 7142ft; 2177m
Campsite count: 16.
Visual density: 0.00. Visual density not recorded.
Fee: $10.00. Add $4.00 for electricity and $4.00 for sewer.
Season: All year.
Dogs: Yes. on leash
Horses: Unknown.
Handicapped accessible: Yes.
General tent notes: Site 13 is a tent site (most of the sites are RV-oriented).
RV parking surface: pavement
RV pull-through spaces? Yes.
RV parking notes: Not all spots are pull-through.
General RV notes: I found no information about a maximum RV length.
General notes: Sites 4-8 and 10-16 are reservation only. On Labor Day weekend 2004, most of the sites were reserved more than a week ahead of time.

The sites are fairly close together.

They sell ice at the visitor center.

The park contains two lakes, which appear to be popular for fishing.

Campground facilities: water, trash can(s), vault toilet(s), cooking grill (Cooking grills are at the sites without fire pits.), fire pit (Not all sites have fire pits.), showers (Across from the visitor center from 7am to 8pm.), tent pads (Only at some sites.), electrical hookups ($4.00 extra/day), water hookups, sewer hookups ($4.00 extra/day), RV dump station, reservation sites (Make your reservations by calling 877-664-7787 or at
Campground attractions: hiking, wildlife, wildflowers, fishing, boating, history, lake (Two lakes and another in Colorado, just north of the park (and state) boundary.), year-round access.

When we visited it:

Date: 2004-09-03
Cleanliness: 9.


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Paper maps:
Map name Cartographer Year Scale Topo map? Online access Notes
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:

Take exit 452 from I-25 in Raton. Head east on NM 72 for 3.5 miles; this is the junction with NM 526. Take NM 526 (go straight) for 1.7 miles to the park visitor center.

From the visitor center, continue 1.3 miles to the Lake Alice Campground on your left with overflow camping on your right.

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About the campground:

Site 13
Here is one of the reservation tent sites.
One of the sites with hookups (site 10).
Site 10
Site 6
Here you can see site 6, another with hookups.
Across the road are six sites for overflow camping. Oddly, on Labor Day 2004, people were camped here when there was still one open site at Soda Pocket Campground.
overflow camping

Plants we saw around the campground:

Reader comments about this campground:

On Wed Sep 19 11:29:04 2007 Brink Wetzler from Denver, CO said:
Lake Alice is incredible. The sites are huge, the lake is beautiful, and there is no sign of bears. I'll be back every summer.

On Wed Sep 19 12:05:03 2007 The Webmaster from Albuquerque, NM (but typing this in Denver!) said:
I think that the above comment is refering to the Soda Pocket campground, as I found the campsites in Lake Alice to be small and close together, especially in comparison with the ones in the Soda Pocket campground (up the hill from Lake Alice).

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