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Abiquiu Lake

Abiquiu Lake is a reservoir located in Rio Arriba County, in northern New Mexico in the southwestern United States. Surrounded by Pine, Juniper, and Sage, as well as red sandstone cliffs and mesas,

Abiquiu Lake was constructed by impounding the Chama River, tributary of the legendary Rio Grande, in 1963 as a project of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Measuring 1,540 feet long and rising 321 feet above the riverbed, Abiquiu Dam, an earthen filled dam is the second of three dams constructed on the Chama River watershed.

This lake offers activities like camping, swimming, hiking, picnicking, boating and fishing. The Cerro Pedernal(flint Mountain) looks awesome from the lake. The scenery of the area includes beautiful and colorful rock formations. Facilities are also available with a view of the lake at Cerrito Recreation Area and the Overlook.

There are two paved boat ramps are on the north side. Popular water sports include waterskiing (June-August) near the dam and at the north end, jetskiing near the boat ramp, and pontoon boat cruising. Principal lake recreation is swimming (July-August).4000-acre lake with camping at Riana Campground (reserved spaces available) and excellent facilities surrounded by red sandstone cliffs and mesas of 'O´Keefe Country.'

The beautiful rugged terrain of Abiquiu Lake, offers a fun and exciting retreat from civilization. Whether you are up to water- skiing or you just want to take in the sights, there is something for everyone at Abiquiu Lake.