#mypubliclandsroadtrip 2016: Places to Drop a Line, Santa Cruz Recreation Area
#mypubliclandsroadtrip Week 6 – Places to Drop a Line – kicks off with a night under the stars at Santa Cruz Recreation Area.
Thirty miles north of Santa Fe, New Mexico, the snow-fed waters of the Rio del Medio and the Rio Frijoles begin a 2,000-mile journey and a 7,000-foot descent to the Gulf of Mexico. For a time they gather at Santa Cruz Lake at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Chimayo, behind the 125-foot Santa Cruz Dam.
Built in 1929 by the Santa Cruz Irrigation District, the dam is 535 feet across and 90 feet deep at the overflowing spillway. The lake covers 121 surface acres with water in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, providing recreational opportunities for anglers, boaters and hikers – plus campers who love stunning night views!
Photo by Sherman Hogue, BLM