Morphy Lake State Park Campground is an amazing primitive tent campground that nearly surrounds Morphy Lake in Northern New Mexico that was previously only accessible via a four-wheel drive vehicle. Morphy Lake is located about 100 miles northeast of Santa Fe, and is known to locals as “Murphy Lake”. The lake is surrounded by a Ponderosa Pine forest that brings tall trees all the way down to the shores of the lake. At 30 acres Morphy Lake is relatively small. The small campground, with only 24 campsites, is largely located on the northern shore of the picturesque lake situated at the edge of the Sangre de Christo Mountains, and may be the smallest state.

Each of the 24 primitive campsites at Morphy Lake State Park Campground are first-come, first-served, offering picnic tables, fire rings, and access to vault toilets and fishing. Kayaking is also directly accessible from the campsites.

Morphy Lake State Park Campground Features

Campground Type: Organized, Primitive
Number of Campsites: 24
Cost: $10/night
Use Level: Medium
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: None
Toilets: Yes – Vault Toilets
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: None – Pack it out
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: Yes
RV/Trailer Length: 18 Feet
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: None
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground open April 1 – October 14
Other:

Getting There

Address:  
Geo Coordinates: 35.943064, -105.396289
Nearest City/Town: Mora, New Mexico
Elevation: 7932 Feet
Location: Mora County, New Mexico
Paved Road Access: Yes
Proximity to Stores: 16 Miles to Mora, New Mexico
Directions: From Mora, New Mexico travel for 4 miles south on SR-94 to the town of Ledoux, turn right onto Morphy Lake Road. Travel for 3 miles to Morphy Lake State Park Campground.

Connect

Phone: 575-387-2328 Facebook:
Web: New Mexico State Parks Twitter:
Reservations: Not Accepted

When To Go

Fall –  Morphy Lake State Park Campground is one of the best campgrounds in New Mexico to visit in the fall due to lack of crowds and good weather. There are also a number of trees around the lake that change color in the fall, which is beautiful when backed by the pines.

Partly Cloudy
Monday 11/20 0%
High 65° / Low 38°
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Partly cloudy. Lows overnight in the upper 30s.
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Tuesday 11/21 0%
High 58° / Low 31°
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Intervals of clouds and sunshine. Morning high of 58F with temps falling to near 40. NNW winds shifting to ESE at 10 to 15 mph.
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Wednesday 11/22 0%
High 63° / Low 32°
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Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon. High 63F. Winds light and variable.
Clear
Thursday 11/23 0%
High 66° / Low 37°
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Sunny skies. High 66F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
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Friday 11/24 0%
High 67° / Low 32°
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Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 67F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.
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Saturday 11/25 0%
High 65° / Low 37°
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Partly cloudy skies. High near 65F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

What To Do

Kayaking – Morphy Lake is usually perfectly calm and clear at sunrise.

Image Credits: MPPope via Flickr

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