Nambe Falls Dam and Reservoir

Description: Nambe Falls Dam and Reservoir is a small impoundment of about 54 acres on the Rio Nambe 25 miles north of Santa Fe, NM. It is a feature of the San Juan - Chama Project. It generally opens about April 1st depending upon fire, funding, water conditions. The Pojaque Valley Irrigation District may close the lake through the Bureau of Reclamation depending upon extensive drought.

Recreation at Nambe Falls is managed by the Nambe Pueblo under agreement and support of the Bureau of Reclamation. The Pueblo can be reached at (505) 455-2036. Usually closed sometime after Labor Day to mid-May reopening. Fee area for vehicle entry, camping, fishing, camera use.

Paved roads good to fair in recreation area. Goods and services at the ranger station. No lodging.

Directions:  Located 18 miles north of Santa Fe via U.S.Highway 84-285, turn east on State 503, and follow the signs and Nambe Rt. 1 for 6 miles to entrance at ranger station.

Elevation: 6,600 feet

Maps:  Downloadable Map      

Water Activities:  Best for rowboats, small paddlecraft and cartopables. Motorboat size limited to 16 feet. No boats allowed with out of state registrations due to pueblo concern with aquatic nuisance species transport.

Conditions:   Water Levels

Excellent Boating:

Good Boating:

Fair Boating:

Fishing: Available species include rainbow and cutthroat trout, and salmon. Nambe Pueblo fishing permit. . No stream fishing downstream from dam.

Dam Operations: Bureau of Reclamation

Bureau of Reclamation
Albuquerque Area Office
505 Marquette NW
Suite 1313
Albuquerque, NM 87102-2162

Phone: 505-248-5357

Ranger station. (505) 455-2304 (In season only)

Cell Phone service at the lake is spotty.

Nambe Pueblo, Route 1, Box 117BB, Nambe Pueblo, NM 87506
Pueblo can be reached at (505) 455-2036


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