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IMPORTANT - PLEASE NOTE: To make your visit more enjoyable, please comply with all NM State Park and Wilderness Area rules and regulations, including appropriate passes and permits. More information go to our Parks Use Regulations page! (http://www.enl-cc-parkfriends.org/parksuse.htm)

100th Anniversary of Eagle Nest Dam!

Eagle Nest Dam and Lake is a story of our true western heritage, built from a dream of two brothers, Frank and Charles Springer. Early in the beginning of the 20th century, Frank and "Charlie" saw the need to provide a consistent supply of water not only for the surrounding ranches and farms but also for mining and irrigation projects for the surrounding communities. What better way than to corral the water from snowmelt that flowed for eons unchecked out of Moreno Valley that caused periodic disastrous floods. In 1906, the Springers first made application to the Territorial Engineer to build a dam; the approval of which took ten years. Construction on the dam was finally started in 1916, financed entirely by Frank, with Charles in charge of the entire project through to its completion in 1918. It was to become the largest privately built dam in the United States.

Ongoing and Seasonal Activities / Events June thru September

  • Dam Tours on boat by Eagle Nest Adventures (575)252-3252
  • Self-guided flora and fauna trail walks around Eagle Nest Lake (575)377-1594
  • Fridays - June 16 thru Sept 8: Farmer's Market in Eagle Nest - (575)377-6188

Area Activities  /  Events

  • June 16-18, 2017
  • June 17, 2017
    • Annual Eagle Nest Bear Benefit and Auction to benefit the Wildlife Center.
      • Activities all day starting at 9 AM. More info here.  (575)377-3382
    • Presentations through Enchanted Circle Gateway Museum. Meet at Museum, 508 East Therma Drive, Eagle Nest, NM at time indicated. All tours are RSVP dependent. Call RSVP to (505)603-9985.
      • 8:30 AM Water in the Southwest followed by tour of Eagle Nest Dam organized by in conjunction with the Interstate Stream Commission and New Mexico Office of Engineer
        • $10 per person age 12 and above.
        • Potential additional Dates: July 1, July 29, Aug 12, Sept 2
    • High Noon Tour the smallest, most remote micro-brewery in the US on the Historic Mutz Ranch.
      • $10 per person age 21 (not 12) and above. Includes your first beer and light snacks.
      • Potential additional dates: July 29, Aug 12, Sept 2 (not July 1)
    • 2:30 PM Discover history of the Moreno Valley and tour one of the local Historic Ranches.
      • $10 per person age 12 and above
      • Potential additional dates: July 1, July 29, Aug 12, Sept 2
  • July 1, 2017
    • Nashville to New Mexico - 5 PM - 8 PM featuring Billy Dawson's Hit Songwriters Concert at 2883 Hwy 38, Eagle Nest, NM  |  (1/2 mile north of Hwy 64 on Hwy 38 or Willow Creek Road) www.NashvilleToNewMexico.com or (575)224-2380
  •  July 2, 2017
  • 4th of July Extravaganza in Eagle Nest.
    • Activities all day: Family activities, music, vendors, food, beer and wine garden in Enchanted Eagle Park (575)377-2420
    • Firemen's BBQ and 911 Desserts - Serving 11 AM - 4 PM. Eat in at Eagle Nest Senior Center, Take out till 1 PM at Fire Station. (575)377-2486
    • Parade at 2 PM. Open for all to participate who are in lineup by 1 PM. (575)377-2420
    • Fireworks over Eagle Nest Lake at Dark (575)377-2420
  • Jul 29-30, 2017
    • High Country Arts and Crafts Festival (575)377-2420 - Juried Art Show, Live Music, Beer and Wine Garden, Family Fun!
  • July 30, 2017
    • Firemen cook and serve pancakes at the Firehouse (575)377-2486
  • August 12, 2017
  • September 2-10, 2017
    • 26th Annual Fishfest fishing tournament for cash and merchandise prizes (575)377-6941 and related activities:
      • Music and Fish Fry in Enchanted Eagle Park on Sept. 9 (575)377-2420
      • Worm Eating Contest at Laguna Vista (575)377-6522
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Eagle Nest, NM 87718

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