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.

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Saturday 01/20 0%
High 60° / Low 24°
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Sunny to partly cloudy. High around 60F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.
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Sunday 01/21 10%
High 33° / Low 14°
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Partly to mostly cloudy and windy. High 33F. Winds WNW at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
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Monday 01/22 0%
High 45° / Low 14°
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A mainly sunny sky. High near 45F. Winds NW at 10 to 20 mph.
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Tuesday 01/23 0%
High 44° / Low 13°
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A mainly sunny sky. High 44F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.
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Wednesday 01/24 0%
High 50° / Low 19°
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Sunny. High near 50F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
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Thursday 01/25 0%
High 53° / Low 22°
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Mostly sunny skies. High 53F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

What To Do

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

Image Credits: MPPope via Flickr

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