El Vado State Park

El Vado Lake

It was a struggle putting Honda’s tire back on the rim. I ended up with a couple bruised fingers and a sore back from all the bending, but it is back together and so far holding air. I drove as far as the dam overlook last night for a test ride and decided to venture out on a long trip to a neighboring state park today.

El Vado State Park is only a few miles south of Heron Lake, but just like getting to the east shore of Navajo Lake from the west side, involves a 40 mile road trip, half of which is in the opposite direction. It was a nice ride, however, and I found a Family Dollar and gas station in the little town of Tierra Amarillo only 10 miles from here.


El Vado lake is not very pretty and the camping area is basically a field on top of the hill. The lake is quite low making it look like a pond in a big hole with rings of exposed shale for banks. A lot of the campsites overlook the lake but they are out in the open. Some sites on another loop do go back into some scrub trees but only a couple sites were level enough for an RV. Strike three is 2 bars 1x cell service.

I may go over there next week just to say I stayed there. It is certainly not a park where I would spend much time.

2 Responses to “El Vado State Park”

  1. Dick says:

    I agree. Heron is very pretty by comparison.

  2. Donna says:

    Glad you checked it out and saved me a trip there. Hope your tire troubles are over now.

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