About Stone House Lodge Campground

Cabins, RV, Camping, Fishing, Water Sports

Cabins, RV Campground, Camp Sites, Fishing & Tackle, Convenience Store, Kayak, Paddle Board and Bike Rentals:

We have five individual cabins. The cabins have been recently renovated and have electric, hot water, kitchen, cooktop and beautiful views of El Vado.

Our RV sites are spacious long level pull-throughs and have access to water, septic and electricity. Our Premium RV sites are secluded with mountain and lake views. Community showers and restrooms available.

Our Camp Sites are secluded and peaceful with mountain and lake views. Some of our campsites are have electric.

Our campsite amenities include fishing tackle shop, minimart, picnic tables, BBQ grills, fire pits, bikes, kayaks and paddle boards.

Campground Park Map

Site prices include up to 6 people per site and 2 licensed vehicles (including all trailer types). You may request a specific site, however site numbers are not guaranteed.

For guests who may arrive outside of our usual business hours, your reserved site information will be available via a posted envelope on the Registration Building window. The next morning, please stop by the Office again to complete the check-in process.

Special Features

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the maximum number of people I can have on a tent site?
Are pets allowed?

We welcome your non-dangerous breed pets!  Please plan on leashing your pet when in the common areas.

Can we have campfires at our camp sites?

We abide by forest service restrictions when in place.  

El Vado – A History

The town of El Vado, cir. 1917
The town of El Vado, cir. 1917
The company town was eventually packed onto the train and moved to Colorado
The company town was eventually packed onto the train and moved to Colorado

It is hard to believe a century ago a great pine forest covered the valley now filled by El Vado Lake, or that it once was the site of northern Rio Arriba County’s largest town, El Vado.

Beneath the lake lies what is left of El Vado, a lumber town where two hundred workers lived and labored in the early 1900s. It was an important trading center on the Rio Chama for two-and-a-half decades. In Spanish, the name means “the crossing.” In it’s heyday, El Vado was home to the powerful New Mexico Lumber Company, the large company sawmill, a box factory, dry kilns, machine and blacksmith shops, a mercantile, a roundhouse and rail line that connected to the Denver & Rio Grande.

However, by 1921 the ponderosa pine forests that fueled the sawmills were gone. The town was essentially packed up on the train and moved north to harvest timber in McPhee, Colorado.

In 1933 the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District began construction of the El Vado Dam. It was during this time that the Stone House was built, possibly to support the construction. The dam was initially constructed to store irrigation water to honor Native American water rights of the six Middle Rio Grande Pueblos. It now serves for storage and flood-control purposes. An 8 kW power generation facility is incorporated into the dam, operated by the County of Los Alamos.