Cimarron Canyon State Park, Eagle Nest

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Cimarron Canyon State Park is a state park of New Mexico, United States, located 3 miles (4.8 km) east of Eagle Nest in the Colin Neblett Wildlife Area. The park extends for 8 miles (13 km) along the Cimarron Canyon between Tolby Creek and Ute Park. The Palisades Sill forms spectacular cliffs above the Cimarron River here.

The park is home to a newly constructed visitor's center in the Tolby campground, as well as three developed day use areas. The park includes numerous trails, which are used for hiking in the summer and snow shoeing in the winter, the most popular being the Clear Creek Trail, which follows the Clear Creak and offers views of several small waterfalls. Throughout the year, you can expect to see deer, elk, bear, turkey, and many species of birds. Self pay stations are located throughout the park at all campgrounds and some day use areas. Day use permits are $5 per vehicle per day, although other fees may apply for users of the Colin Neblett Wildlife Area.

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  • What a beautiful drive along the river. I had no idea New Mexico had places like this, I thought it was all desert. Just breath taking…  more »
  • Don't miss this enchanting canyon as you travel New Mexico. It has wonderful views, creeks and rock formations. There are several places to pull over and take pictures or just relax for a while. I....  more »
  • Awesome place to visit especially if you are set up for boondocking camping. Beautiful area. I didn't fish here, but did watch a number of folks catching their trout here. Beautiful little stream right behind our campsite. We were here in early July and it was quite comfortable temperature wise. Windows open in the evening and blankets by morning. Be sure to bring your camera to photograph all of the beautiful surroundings such as the Palisades. Really nice oasis in a much different surrounding area.
  • Pulled up to Marverick campground in the evening on a Wednesday, camp hosts were awesome and found us an absolutely beautiful site overlooking the water. Although campsites are close to one another, the views were great and neighbors in the campground were friendly and respectful of noise levels. We didn't fish but watched many people catching some nice sized trout. Bathrooms and common areas were clean. Loved our time there.

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