Recreation

In addition to clear skies, Socorro County is home to several wonderful attractions for the outdoorsman.

The County features two world-renowned wildlife refuges, the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, where visitors can learn more about our area’s habitat and wildlife.

Excellent rock climbing opportunities and many canyons and hiking opportunities can be found in the Magdalena Mountains.

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory’s Very Large Array is also open to visitors interested in learning more about astronomy and exploration of our stars. Our open skies are also ideal for amateur astronomers.

Escondida Lake (details below) is a popular fishing hole with a park for children and RV sites for longer visits.

Escondida Lake & RV Park

DIRECTIONS: From I-25, take exit 152 east. At the bend in the road, continue north for 1.4 miles.

Escondida Lake Park offers fishing and camping, RV hookups, picnic sites, a playground, tent sites, bathrooms and potable water.

For additional information, call the Park Manager's Office at (575) 835-0589 during business hours, or the Lake Caretaker, Robert Tafoya, at (575) 418-7350.

For public health reasons and until further notice, maximum capacity per campsite is 10 people. Stays are limited to seven (7) consecutive nights per visit.

Reservations may be booked online via Bonfire.

Online booking is highly recommended. Reservations made by phone are not guaranteed.

Camping Fees & Payments

Pre-pay with credit card when booking online to guarantee your reservation.

Other acceptable methods of payment are:

  • Pay with cash or check at the County Manager's office at 210 Park Street, Socorro NM

  • Pay by check in drop box on-site.

Camping Fees

Reservations will be held until 10 PM on the first day of the reservation. If you do not take and pay for your spot by that time, it could be re-opened for booking. In order to guarantee your reservation, you must book through our booking site above, or pay a deposit of the first night's fee (see payment options above).

RV Campsite Maps

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Fish & Stocking Report

Escondida Lake is stocked by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. During cold-weather months, the lake is stocked with trout and during warm-weather months, it is stocked with catfish. To access the weekly fishing and stocking report, please visit:

wildlife.state.nm.us/fishing/weekly-report