Nambe Pueblo

Nambe Falls and Lake Recreation Area

15A NP 102 West (64.90 mi)
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87506

Phone: (505) 455-2304


 Nambé Falls & Lake Recreation Area

The Pueblo of Nambé, home to one of the most spectacular natural waterfalls in the southwest, is situated in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains,  and encompasses nearly 20,000 acres of high desert landscape. Nambe, originally “Nanbe”, meaning round earth, is one of six Tewa-speaking pueblos of Northern New Mexico. In 1976, as part of the San Juan Chama project, a dam was built above the falls to supply irrigation water to the Pojoaque Valley. Shortly thereafter, the Pueblo opened the Nambé Falls Recreation Area to visitors for camping, hiking and fishing.

Hours of operation are Thursday through Monday   7:00 am – 7:00 pm.


There will be no 4th of July Independence Day Event or Dances at the Falls this year 

What to Expect

Always carry drinking water, as temperatures in the summer are often high. The Ranger Station has water, soda, snacks and ice for sale.

Two trails, each ~ ¼ mile, lead to the waterfalls from the Ramada Area. One trail climbs up the hill ending in a spectacular view of the waterfalls from above, while the other trail goes along and through the river winding up at a beach area at the lowest pool. If you take the low trail, expect to get wet and remember the river height fluctuates according to season. Wearing water shoes, shorts and carrying a pack to hold your belongings are all recommended.

Pets are always welcome as long as they are leashed at all times and their owners clean up after them.

Rates  (CASH ONLY)                                                    

Day Rates (per carload)                                                     $15.00 per day                                   –Sightseeing, Hiking, Picnics

Basic Campsite                                                                    $30.00 per day/per vehicle

Ramada Campsite                                                              $40.00 per day/per vehicle             -Water/electrical hookups

Ramada Rental                                                                   $40.00 to $50.00 per day


Fishing Rates:

Adults (5 fish bag limit)                                                                                               $18.00 per day/per person

Seniors – 65 and over on Thursdays (5 fish bag limit)                                          $12.00 per day/per person

Military, Veterans and First Responders on Fridays  (5 fish bag limit)            $15.00 per day/per person

Children 12 and under (3 fish bag limit)                                                                 $10.00 per day/per person

Extra fishing pole                                                                                                         $2.00 per pole

Fishing Tackle Rental                              $20.00 per set/per day (includes: 1 fishing pole and 1 tackle box with basic gear)

Boats (electric motors only)                                                                                        $20.00 per day

Kayaks, Rafts, Paddle Boards, Float Tubes, Canoes*                                              $15.00 per day/per craft

*Please note that all watercraft fees are in addition to daily fishing and/or entree fees. All persons on watercraft must have a life vest on at all times. We do not rent watercraft, you must bring your own.

This year we are implementing kayak rentals at the lake.

Kayak Rental Fees* 

Single Person Kayak

30 min – $20

1 hr – $30

Two-Person Kayak

30 min – $25

1 hr – $35

Fishing Kayak

1 hr – $10 + $18 Fishing Fee

The kayak rental fees would be on top of the Daily Admission Fee of $15 per vehicle.

Everyone who’s going to use a kayak must sign Release form (including those that bring their own).


*Subject to change

For campsite reservations, group sales and special events, and information please call (505) 455-2304.

Don’t forget to visit us on Facebook @ NAMBE Pueblo Rangers.