Caballo Travel Guide

  • Boat Ramp at Caballo Lake
    Boat Ramp at Caballo Lake
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    Caballo Lake
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    View From Trail Up River
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    by Basaic Written May 26, 2009

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    This is the diversion canal to provide the water for the fields. There are signs saying not to swim here and it's true. The water is moving faster than it looks.

    Diversion Canal Diversion Canal Canal Leading to the Fields
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    by Basaic Updated May 26, 2009

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    Percha Dam is a diversion dam set up to divert some of the water from the Rio Grande to the farming fields nearby. Mesilla Valley produces lots of chiles and other crops. There is also good fishing near the dam and the area is beautiful. Percha Dam State Park is also one of the top 5 birding areas in New Mexico.

    Water Flowing Over Percha Dam Percha Dam
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    by Basaic Updated May 22, 2009

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    Caballo Lake has 11,500 acres of lake surface area and offers all types of water activities like boating, water skiing, fishing and watching water fowl. They also have over 250 developed and undeveloped camping sites and a cactus garden. The gate is open 24 hours a day every day. Admission is $5 per vehicle. If you plan to stay in New Mexico for a while you may want to consider a $40 annual pass.

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Caballo Sports & Outdoors

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    by Basaic Written May 26, 2009

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    If you want to hike at Percha Dam State Park you can go downriver from the dam or upriver. I took both. Both are reported to be good sites for birdwatching; but I suspect the upriver trail is better because it has many more trees.

    Equipment: Equipment: Good walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, some water.

    Upriver Trailhead Hiking Through the Cottonwoods View From Upriver Trail View From Upriver Trail View From Upriver Trail

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    by Basaic Written May 26, 2009

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    If you want to hike at Percha Dam State Park you can go downriver from the dam or upriver. I took both. Both are reported to be good sites for birdwatching; but I suspect the upriver trail is better because it has many more trees.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, some water.

    Downriver Trailhead Trail Downriver Trail Downriver Trail Downriver Trail Downriver
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    by Basaic Written May 22, 2009

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    There is one short hiking trail at the park. It is a loop trail that leads down to the lake. Caballo Lake is set up for water activities though and I would not come here just to hike.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, weather appropriate clothing, some water.

    Hiking Trail
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