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… 
    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
    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 »
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  • So far, this is our favorite NM state park! You may ask, "what makes it so special?" First of all, Mike, Tammy & their family, that also consists of 3 adorable doggies & 1 sweet daughter, are the BEST hosts!! They kindly greet you as you enter & are happy to help you park, if needed! We highly recommend #2 on the river! Mike &Tammy walk their 🐕 🐶 🐕 often so, anyone that loves dogs, gets some puppy 💘 The friendliest hosts, that also do a lot of work to keep Tolby clean & inviting. We will definitely return in the Fall.
  • Nice and quiet. Good hike. Mostly easy. The log and board bridges are comfortably wide. A washed out place caused me to turn back since I was hiking alone.

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