Map of Beaver Dam State Park
Access to the state park is along the unpaved Beaver Dam Road
, which leaves US 93 about half way between Caliente and Panaca, and heads east, climbing gradually over plains and low hills before entering a shallow valley, which provides a course for the Union Pacific Railway. On the far side of the valley, the road continues a short distance to the rim of the deep, wide canyon of Beaver Dam wash and descends to the park entrance, where the surface becomes more uneven. A short side track goes north to the site of Hamblin Ranch, though not much remains after the main structure collapsed a few years ago. All other facilities are south, along the canyon floor; these include a ranger station, three campgrounds, four trailheads and several day use areas. Drinking water is available between April and November. The site of the former Schroeder Lake
, the reservoir, is in the middle of the park, east of campground B, but the dam is completely removed and the valley floor upstream has returned to its natural state. The west side of the valley is quite gently sloping but the east side is much steeper, especially so around the conference with the major tributary of Pine Park Canyon, though this area, towards the north of the park, is not accessed by any trail.