Morphy Lake State Park

No short text This campground near a small lake is a great family and fishing campground.

Campground data:

Controlling agency: New Mexico State Parks; Morphy Lake. Park office phone number: 575-387-2328
Official URL:Park web page
Region: North-central; Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
CG elevation: 6374ft; 1943m
Campsite count: 24. The map lists 26 sites, but some sites are day use only.
Visual density: 8.00. Visual density values recorded: 10, 11, 3,
Fee: $10.00.
Season: April 01 to October 15.
Dogs: Yes. on leash
Horses: No.
Handicapped accessible: Unknown.
General tent notes: Many people were camping in tents when we visited.

The area is not necessarily level nor rock-free.

RV max length: 16ft; 5m
RV parking surface: gravel
RV pull-through spaces? No.
General notes: There is a sign saying, "No Swimming", but kids were playing in the lake (I guess not swimming).

ATVs are not allowed.

Campground facilities: vault toilet(s), fire pit (with cook grate).
Campground attractions: hiking (A trail runs around the lake, probably for fishing.), wildflowers, fishing, boating (Non-motorized or with electric motors.), lake.

When we visited it:

Date: 2008-08-23
Cleanliness: 8. 24--29 small pieces of litter such as cigarette butts in the campsites I checked.


Waypoint Type Description
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Paper maps:
Map name Cartographer Year Scale Topo map? Online access Notes
Pecos Wilderness, Santa Fe and Carson National Forests US Forest Service 2004 1:54000 Y from Amazon (purchase)
Santa Fe BLM 1996 1:100000 Y from Amazon (purchase)
Santa Fe USGS 1954 1:250000 Y from (free)
Santa Fe National Forest US Forest Service 2004 1:126720 N from Amazon (purchase) East half
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:

From Mora, head south on NM 94. All odometer readings are from this point.

At 4.0 miles, a sign indicates where you turn to go to Morphy Lake. The road is one lane wide.

At 6.1 miles, another sign indicates a right turn. Take this.

At 6.8 miles, you arrive at the park and campground. Note that the road ends in the lake, so driving too quickly might make the trip more exciting than you want.

Morphy Lake entrance sign

About the campground:

A campsite
The campsites are what you would expect at a developed campground. You are in a ponderosa forest. Note that there are not great tent areas. This did not stop lots of people from camping in tents when we stopped by.
Here is one of the other campsites.
Morphy Lake
Of course one of the primary reasons for coming here is for the high mountain lake. This view is from across the lake, and you can see some of the campsites and the boat dock.

Plants we saw around the campground:

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