June 19, 2016 Navajo Lake State Park, New Mexico

Site #24 Cottonwood Campground
Site #24 Cottonwood Campground

Had an uneventful short drive from Heron Lake State Park to Navajo Lake State Park on Thursday. Arrived at my site in the Cottonwood Campground around noon and got set up quickly as the temperature climbed. Fortunately, this rather nice campground has 50 amp electrical hookups ( in addition to water ), that I will be putting to good use this week as record temps climb toward 100 degrees. As a result, not much to show in the post as I am hunkered down for the duration of my one week stay, cooped up inside with the AC blasting, and hoping it can keep up.

Navajo Lake
Navajo Lake

This is the view as one approaches from the east on Route 239 as you drive across the top of a very tall earthen dam that holds back Navajo Lake. Those are all houseboats at moorings in the shot above. Always have thought that a few weeks on on one of those in places like this or Lake Mead would be a pretty nice way to go.

Driving Across Navajo Lake Dam
Driving Across Navajo Lake Dam

Unless you have a fear of heights, the view to the left as you cross the dam is quite impressive. That is a long ways down to the bottom of the spillway, the powerhouse, and that drill rig. This is as tall an earthen dam as I have ever seen, or crossed.

Cottonwood Campground at Navajo Lake State Park

Site #24 Cottonwood Campground
Site #24 Cottonwood Campground

I was pleasantly surprised when I pulled up to my reserved site #24 here, a long, flat, pull through with water and 50 amp electric. Although partially shaded by large cottonwoods, I was still able to get my satellite signal and was surprised to find a useable Verizon signal as well. There is reasonable separation of sites here and a very easy to use dump station. Though you don’t have a view of it from the campsite, you are just a very short walk from the banks of the river.

Navajo Lake State Park Cottonwood Campground
Navajo Lake State Park Cottonwood Campground
No Shortage of Hummingbirds Here
No Shortage of Hummingbirds Here

I put out the feeders and within minutes there were hummingbirds, nuthatches, house finches, Bullocks Orioles, white winged doves, bluebirds, and flycatchers coming in to take advantage. With only one nectar feeder out, I am going through 4 cups of sugar water a day … there are that many hummingbirds here. They empty that feeder in the shot above three times a day.

However, the heat is getting more and more oppressive as the week goes by, with the humidity  climbing with the heat each day. Last night, I was actually forced to run the AC all night, no relief at night, like you would normally get in the desert.

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2 thoughts on “June 19, 2016 Navajo Lake State Park, New Mexico”

  1. Too bad about the wretched heat, but was surprised to learn about the humidity….always thought NM was dry. Anyhow I enjoy your blog with attendant photos. I read about your 2015 (I think) trip to Seabeck, WA
    in preparation for mine this year, camping at Scenic Beach State Park also. Altho I live in Seattle and did wildlife photography for years, still do, I didn’t know about Seabeck eagles until the Audubon grand prize winner this year.
    Cheers,
    Renee

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