Cimarron Canyon State Park, Eagle Nest

#43 of 124 in Nature in New Mexico
Cimarron Canyon State Park is a state park of New Mexico, United States, located 3mi east of Eagle Nest in the Colin Neblett Wildlife Area. The park extends for 8mi 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.
The park is popular for trout fishing in the Cimarron River and its tributaries, Clear Creek and Tolby Creek. Stocked trout include rainbow and brown. The river is maintained by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish at a trout density of approximately 3,000 fish per mile, although water flow can vary between 2 and 50 cfs. Fishing season is busiest during the summer months. There is also popular fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes within the Maverick Campground. The lakes got their names as material was drawn from where the lakes now sit, to be used as base course for U.S. Route 64. The park hosts a children's fishing derby every Mother's day weekend.
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  • Stunning nature at it's best. We hiked along the streams and saw many enjoying picnics and fishing. The enormous Roch walls made great photo opportunities .  more »
  • Peaceful, quiet, God's Country! Everybody slows down for a few days. Very friendly; meet new friends; respectful of others space.  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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