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.

Chance of Rain
Tuesday 10/16 30%
High 46° / Low 29°
Chance of Rain
Cloudy with a few showers. High 46F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
Wednesday 10/17 50%
High 39° / Low 31°
Rain and snow in the morning changing to rain showers late. High 39F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precip 50%.
Thursday 10/18 40%
High 46° / Low 30°
Cloudy with showers of rain and wet snow in the morning. High 46F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Friday 10/19 10%
High 56° / Low 29°
Sunny, along with a few afternoon clouds. High 56F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday 10/20 0%
High 57° / Low 30°
Sunny skies. High 57F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday 10/21 0%
High 59° / Low 35°
Generally sunny. High 59F. Winds S 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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