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Northeast Region
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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
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

December 12
Christmas on the Chicorica
This legendary northern New Mexico event features some 1,500 luminarias lighting the trail along Chicorica Creek in Sugarite Canyon State Park. Munch on cookies, whisper in Santa's ear, stroll to Christmas carols, and enjoy the night sky at the park telescope.

Fees: Regular entrance fees

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
June 21
Nice clean facilities Wonderful camp host. The local residents came in took over site and ran us out with loud music after 10pm and pure intimidation. When I filed a report with the Ranger he said that he had already had three previous incidents with the same group. Left out of fear. Do not go there!!!!!!!!
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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New Mexico
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Northeast Region
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Sugarite Canyon State Park
Sugarite Canyon State Park