Sims Mesa

(nr Navajo Dam NM)
On the east side of Navajo Lake, there is a rather remote campground. It is part of Navajo Lake State Park; but, is a very long way from the main section*. I had heard that Sims Mesa was a better camping experience, and wanted to try it.

Navajo Lake SP-Sims Mesa

Sims Mesa -Navajo Lake

So, I drove the 16 miles on a paved but potholed road to find out for myself. I was not disappointed. Two RV loops, and two tent sections had good views of the lake. Two trails; a short one atop the ledges along the lake, and a long one to the top of the mesa.

Navajo Lake SP-Sims Mesa

Ledges by the Lake

Navajo Lake SP-Sims Mesa

Log in the Water

There was a boat ramp, and a small marina with houseboats moored on the lake around it. Also, a small Visitor Center, bath house, dump station and potable water, some sites with hook-ups. Friendly camp hosts, decently spaced sites (most with a view), and a sort of laid back atmosphere.

Navajo Lake SP-Sims Mesa

Gnarly Tree & Wildflowers

Navajo Lake SP-Sims Mesa

Jackrabbit visits my Camp

I stayed longer than normal when in traveling mode. At 6,100ft the temps were pleasant, had a good 4G Verizon internet signal, I was enjoying the lakeside trail and the quiet.

Camp: Navajo Lake SP-Sims Mesa CG Main Loop drycamp
Scene: Lake, camp, trail

*Note: Sims Mesa CG is about 16 miles off of US-64. But, from the west section of the park, by the dam, the driving distance is about 35 miles.

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2 Responses to Sims Mesa

  1. Barney Ward July 3, 2017 at 6:30 pm #

    Now that place looks really good to me.

    • Pleinguy July 6, 2017 at 12:32 pm #

      I think you would like it. It was pleasant, and plenty of fishing, too. Might be a bit high for you at 6,100ft.

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