A family trip with the RV and although we did enjoy our stay for the most part, there was a lot left to be desired. The larger RV spots we had to get were right next to the road and right next to other campers. The drive up is steep and our RV had a hard time; would not even think of staying up here in the winter. The dump station was closed for some reason when we were leaving. The kids enjoyed the steep hikes and the stream the runs along the other side of the camp sites where there are smaller campgrounds for tent camping. There was a fun playground my kids enjoyed and a nice area at the group shelter. Lots of fun painted rocks my kids round my the stream. Would visit again but not in an RV and not during winter when it would be snowing.
Very busy place and you’ll likely have to park in the road. The rock climbers are on the exit before the day use site. Day use site fee is $5 with only a handful of picnic tables. There’s a small trail that follows alongside the stream which can be hard for older folks or small kids though my 5 and 7 year old loved being able to climb over boulders and the enjoyed the dangers of falling in the water. There’s some small fishing ponds where you’ll see some families teaching their kids how to fish. On the other side, you’ll see some rock climbers setting up and a fun, mostly flat trail over a few bridges that our kids enjoyed. Watch out for the cow poop and you may even run into some cows on the trail. Overall a great day and we come up here often.
We spent a couple hours at the lake and the weather was perfect. We saw a few people fishing, not much shade for this and no one in the water swimming. We didn’t see any boats and the small shack for snacks, bait n tackle shop was closed. We took to the trails with our kids and dogs and had a fun short hike along the trail and by the water. We came on a Friday but if you’re coming on a Saturday or Sunday, you’ll need reservations due to pandemic. You are required to wear a mask although 95% of the people there did not. We liked that it wasn’t too busy and found plenty of parking. The proximity to the lake from where we were staying at a cabin nearby was perfect and we will definitely come back to visit!
I’ve been coming to Fenton Lake for camping with family since I was little and we’ve always loved it. It’s beautiful and well taken care of. Park rangers are always making their rounds and always friendly and helpful. Plenty of tent sites; only a few have some good privacy. Not many electrical hookups though. Trash bins and vault toilets are usually close by. Love the trail that runs along the side of the camp and the stream that runs adjacent to the campsites. Fishing is fun but get there early because spots fill up quickly. Only downfall I’ve seen is that theres only one water spigot and it’s right at the lake.
We were happy to see there was still some camp sites open but they did fill up fast. Most sites are fairly spaced apart to allow privacy so that was really nice. Camp hosts were very helpful, vault toilets were clean. Loved that everything was relatively close to our site including the potable water spigots. I only wish that a stream of water could run through the campsites as my kids love that! Fortunately jemez falls isn’t too far and lots of places to explore in the jemez that was in short driving distance.
We stayed here for one night and probably would’ve stayed longer had we gotten a campsite that had any shade. Unfortunately it was the last campsite left open. Other sites had some shade and covered structures which was very nice. The kids liked it was close to the stream. Bathrooms were clean and the camp host was very nice.