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Cimarron Canyon State Park
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Cimarron Canyon State Park
Description - Cimarron Canyon State Park is seated high in the mountains at 8,000 feet where spectacular palisade cliffs and clear running waters dominate the landscape. It covers 33,000 acres of wildlands.

The park is part of the 33,116-acre Colin Neblett Wildlife Area -- the largest wildlife area in the state. Wildlife viewing is plentiful as songbirds, elk, deer, bear, turkey and grouse call the park home.

Park amenities include a campground with 100 sites and restrooms.

Attractions - Crenelated granite formations make up sheer palisade cliffs that dominate the park's scenery. You can climb the rocks along the palisades with a special-use permit from the park.

Recreation - The cool, high mountain park offers excellent trout fishing. Anglers can fish eight miles of premier brown trout waters for stocked browns or rainbows. Smaller trout and solitude can be found in the Cimarron River's tributaries -- Clear Creek and Tolby Creek. Wildlife Abounds, elk, deer, bear, turkey and grouse attract hunters in the fall and winter.

Rock climbing is popular on a 400 foot high crenelated granite formation known as the Pallisades. Climbers are warned that the rock here is not stable and is recommended for expert climbers only. Beginner climbers are directed to a safer section near the east end of the canyon. All climbers are required to get special use permits from park officials.

From the main canyon, hiking and cross-country skiing are popular. Several trail offer a variety of hikes, some long and strenuous.

Climate - Annual precipitation is 12.5 inches. Summer temperatures range from lows around 49 to highs around 84. Winter temps range from lows of 13 to highs around 42.

Location - Cimarron Canyon State Park is located in the north eastern region of the state, just north of Highway 64, west of Highway 25.

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Filed By: Clark K. (Benton, AR)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is one of America's best-kept secrets! The first time we visited, this was along our route to another destination, but as soon as we saw it, our entire family fell in love with it! It isn't just on the way to somewhere else any more! The mule deer aren't easily spooked, so you can sit and watch them for hours. I've been here in summer and winter, and it's just as nice any time of year.

Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Super place,well worth the drive. I will drive out of my way to visit again and surely,will bring along more time!!!!

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Contact Information:
Cimarron Canyon State Park, P.O. Box 185 , Eagke Nest, NM, 87718, Phone: 505-377-6271

Additional Information:
New Mexico State Parks - The park system includes many lakes and reservoirs, trail systems connecting the parks with federal lands, botanical and geological interpretive sites, botanical gardens, and even a zoo.

New Mexico State Parks - Official State Parks Web Site
New Mexico State Parks - Park Map
New Mexico State Parks - Official Agency Website


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