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

Getting There

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.


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
Friday 07/20 20%
High 91° / Low 56°
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy. Lows overnight in the mid 50s.
Partly Cloudy
Saturday 07/21 0%
High 89° / Low 56°
Partly Cloudy
Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 89F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph.
Sunday 07/22 20%
High 90° / Low 57°
Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High near 90F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.
Monday 07/23 100%
High 81° / Low 53°
Thunderstorms likely. High 81F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 100%.
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Tuesday 07/24 60%
High 77° / Low 53°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Variable clouds with scattered thunderstorms. High 77F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Wednesday 07/25 50%
High 80° / Low 53°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Mixed clouds and sun with scattered thunderstorms. High near 80F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

What To Do

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

Image Credits: MPPope via Flickr

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