The best camping near Sumner Lake State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Sumner Lake State Park adventure.

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Sumner Lake State Park: A Haven for Water Sports and Wildlife Watching.  

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Top-rated campgrounds near Sumner Lake State Park


Ravens Creek

3 sites · RVs, Tents14 acres · Fort Sumner, NM
Experience a unique desert homestead stay on our sprawling 14-acre property! Immerse yourself in the beauty of the high desert, surrounded by abundant wildlife, livestock, and friendly pets. Enjoy mesmerizing views of mesas and breathtaking sunsets. Encounter various bird species, from golden and bald eagles to quail, hawks, ravens, and owls. Observe deer, pronghorn, rabbits, bunnies, foxes, and even horny toads in this tranquil and secluded desert setting. Don't miss out on exceptional star gazing under the clear desert skies. We eagerly anticipate welcoming you to our peaceful desert retreat! 🌵✨
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Los Ranchos RV Park

4 sites · Tents3 acres · Vaughn, NM
We are a small family owned and operated campground located in Vaughn, New Mexico. Great for overnight stays when traveling through eastern New Mexico. We are right on US 54, US 60 and US 285.
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The best camping near Sumner Lake State Park guide



There’s guaranteed a lil sumthin’, sumthin’ for everyone at Sumner Lake State Park! The park sits along grassy plains that offer spectacular sunset and enough activities to keep you busy from sun up to sun down. Hike along the lakeshore or alongside the watershed and spy some amazing birds while you eat your picnic lunch. Those looking to hunt waterfowl can do so in season, and there are local outfitters nearby. The real action is out on the lake; water skiing, kayaking, sailing, and boating are all at your fingertips. And with camping along the water and boat-in camping, you’re definitely going to want to spend a night out under the stars! With this much variety, you’re gonna have a blast picking which sumthin’ is right for you.

Notable campgrounds

  • Developed Campsites: Equipped with modern conveniences, these sites offer a comfortable stay with electric hookups and water access.
  • Primitive Camping: For a more rugged experience, shoreline and boat-in camping options let you connect with nature.
  • Group Campsites: Ideal for larger gatherings, these sites provide ample space and facilities for a memorable group adventure.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early to secure your spot, as campsites at Sumner Lake State Park are in high demand, especially during peak seasons.
  • Check for cancellations regularly, as last-minute openings can provide unexpected opportunities for a stay.
  • Consider visiting during the off-season for a quieter experience and increased availability.
  • Explore nearby camping options to ensure you have a backup plan in case the park is fully booked.

When to go

The best time to visit Sumner Lake State Park is during the spring and fall when the weather is mild and the natural beauty is at its peak. Summer offers warm water activities but can be hot, while winter may be too chilly for some visitors.

Know before you go

  • Check the park's website for any alerts or closures before your visit to ensure a smooth experience.
  • Remember to pack life jackets and adhere to all boating safety regulations for a safe time on the water.
  • Accessibility is a priority, with facilities designed to accommodate visitors with disabilities.
  • Be prepared for the park's elevation of 4,310 ft, which may affect those sensitive to altitude changes.
  • Take advantage of the visitor center to learn more about the park's features and history.

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