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Cimarron River, Eagle Nest

#92 of 124 in Nature in New Mexico
The Cimarron River, flowing entirely in New Mexico, was also known as La Flecha or Semarone. Its headwaters are Moreno, Sixmile, and Cieneguilla creeks in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, which feed into Eagle Nest Dam. From the dam, it runs for 60mi to below the city of Springer, New Mexico in the Taylor Springs area, where it flows into the Canadian River, the southwestern-most major tributary flowing into the Mississippi River via the Arkansas River sub-basin.This river flows within a mountainous canyon that is part of Cimarron Canyon State Park in the lower Sangre de Cristo Mountains and runs down into eastern plains of New Mexico. This headwaters region is also home to the Philmont Scout Ranch.EtymologyCimarron was first applied to either the river or mountains in northeastern New Mexico and applied to other places in the state. The most common belief is that it was named for the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, called carnero cimarrnó in New Mexican Spanish. In addition, cimarrónes was the name for cattle and wild horses. Another of several theories is that is named for the plant rosa cimarróna, a wild rose plant that grows along the river.However, in 1719, it was called La Flecha which means "the arrow", and may refer to the pass, Palo Flechado. Before you head to Eagle Nest, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Eagle Nest trip planning site , to make sure you see all that Eagle Nest has to offer, including Cimarron River.
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  • Great hiking and fishing. Still a lot of fire scars, but that will get better with time. And, it is the closest mountain stream for me.  more »
  • While driving to Cimarron, we had the chance to stop at several places along the river, both for hiking and picnicking. Very pleasant area in the canyon. The Palisades is a must stop for viewing or...  more »
  • This is a great picnic area and the lake is good for swimming not to deep but still fun
  • Nice place

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