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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
  • Farmer's Market in Eagle Nest - Fridays - 3rd Friday in June thru 1st Friday in Sept: - (575)377-6188

Area Activities  /  Events

  • August 12, 2017
  • September 2, 2017
    • Dam Tour by land and Historic Ranch Tours on August 12 and Sept 2, 2017 by land by Enchanted Circle Gateway Museum (505)603-9985
  • 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
  • Plan for Summer 2018
    • June TBD - Usually 3rd weekend in June
      • Balloons Over Angel Fire AngelFireFun.com (575)377-6555
    • June TBD - Usually 3rd Sat in June
      • 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
      • Tour of Eagle Nest Dam by land and a local Historic Ranch by Enchanted Circle Gateway Museum. (505)603-9985
    • 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
      • Tour of Eagle Nest Dam by land and a local Historic Ranch by Enchanted Circle Gateway Museum. (505)603-9985
      • 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
    • July - Last weekend
      • High Country Arts and Crafts Festival (575)377-2420 - Juried Art Show, Live Music, Beer and Wine Garden, Family Fun!
      • Firemen cook and serve pancakes at the Firehouse (575)377-2486 on Saturday Morning.
      • Tour of Eagle Nest Dam by land and a local Historic Ranch by Enchanted Circle Gateway Museum. (505)603-9985
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