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Santa Cruz Lake Recreation Area (BLM)
County Road 98A Espanola, NM 87532

Santa Cruz Lake Recreation Area, about thirty miles north of Santa Fe, is located on public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Recreation opportunites include boating, fishing, camping, and hiking. The eastern shoreline is surrounded with juniper and pinon pine, cottonwood, and mountain mahogany. The west side is dominated by a large granite wall. Santa Cruz Lake is open year-round. Day use hours are from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. An overnight camping fee will be required for anyone choosing to remain in the recreation area after the specified day-use hours. Quiet hours are 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. A fee station is located at the entrance of the North lake area, and a self-service pay station is located at the Overlook Campground. A Day Use Fee is $5.00 per vehicle. Camping fees include: The North Shore Campground: $9.00/night for one vehicle, $7.00/night for additional vehicles. Overlook Campground: $7.00/night for one vehicle, $5.00/night for additional vehicles.