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Sugarite Canyon State Park
Sugarite Canyon State Park
SUGARITE CANYON STATE PARK
SUGARITE CANYON STATE PARK
HCR 63, P.O. Box 386
Raton, New Mexico   87740

Phone: 575-445-5607
Reservations: 877-664-7787
Email:
To get to Sugarite Canyon State Park, take I-25 exit 452 at Raton, follow NM 72 east for 3.5 miles, and go north on NM 526 for about two miles to the visitor center.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
WinterActivitiesyes
Events
May 30 - June 7
Sugarite Fishing Derby
Anglers love this weeklong derby at Lake Maloya where they try to catch tagged fish for prizes and up to $1,000 in cash--not to mention a chance to win a boat worth about $3,000! Registration is only $10 per person, and every registered person goes in the drawing for the boat.

Fees: Regular Entrance Fee

Contact: Staff 575-445-5607

June 19 - June 21
Bodacious Butterfly and Bird Festival
Join us for Sugarite's annual "BandB Festival" celebrating butterflies and birds! This event includes live birds of prey, the martial art of stalking butterflies, bird walks, cellphone bird identification, arts and crafts, and a "Pollinator Buffet/Climate Cafe" for snacking! There may even be hummingbird banding!

Fees: Regular Entrance Fee

Contact: Staff 575-445-5607

July 25
N.M. State Parks Marathon Series
Pick your run at Sugarite Canyon State Park, whether it be a 5K, Half Marathon or Full Marathon! This is part of the N.M. State Parks Marathon Series, as coordinated by Mainly Marathons. Register at mainlymarathons.com (note: the first in the series is March 7 at Ute Lake State Park.)

Fees: Regular Entrance Fee

Contact: Staff 575-445-5607

September 11 - September 12
Master of the Mountains!
Test your physical abilities in this great adventure relay! After a required Friday evening orientation in Raton, N.M. on Sept. 11, the event launches Sept. 12 in Sugarite Canyon State Park with a 10K trail run and a paddle course around Lake Maloya. The relay continues with a nearly 20-mile bicycle route and an optional shotgun shoot. You can do the relay alone or with partners. This event is sponsored by the Raton Department of Parks and Recreation in partnership with N.M. State Parks. Register at ratonmom.com

Fees: Regular Entrance Fee

Contact: Staff 575-445-5607

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Take a Walk Through History : The Coal Camp Interpretive Trail winds through the ruins of the Sugarite coal camp. Coal mining in the area provided an important economic boost to the region and state. The visitor center provides information about the coal camp and the area's history.

Captivating Caprock : An extended cliff of basaltic rock columns, often referred to as "caprock" is the dominant geologic feature at the park. About 12 million years ago, broad sheets of molten lava erupted from a nearby volcano, forming layers of basalt rock 10-100 feet thick. Rock climbing is allowed on the caprock.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
March 25 Great place to camp. by Happy Camper
We have stopped here on our way too and from Colorado many times and have really liked it.We camped up on Soda Butte and also down in the main campground. It has been a great place to stop and we will be back many more times.
December 8 What a Nice Surprise by sandy
My husband and I were taking the long way from Missouri to visit our daughter in Colorado for the recent Thanksgiving holiday. We ran across this park on our map and decided to stop in. Loved the walk through what used to be the old mining town. We tried to imagine what it must have been like when it was bustling with people. Sugarite is a beautiful place; so glad we found it.
July 7 Friendly Hosts
My wife and I went to Sugarite Canyon State Park for the 4th of July weekend. Once we had our camp set up, the Ranger stopped by to give us information about the park. She was very informative and welcoming. The views are breathtaking. There is something to do for everyone; from fishing, hiking, bird watching, even a tour of the old coal mine town that once was there. The trout bite on corn, salmon eggs, and one gentleman shared his home made bait. There are two lakes there. Only electric motors and oar powered allowed. This kept the area quiet and peaceful. Lots of shade available. I cannot wait to go back. It is a short drive to Colorado.
April 28 One our our favorites for camping
Secluded and not well know, our family has made this park and annual or sometimes biannual stop. It is beautiful and the rangers are knowlagable and freindly.


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Sugarite Canyon State Park
Sugarite Canyon State Park