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Clayton Lake State Park, Clayton

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Clayton Lake State Park is a state park of New Mexico, United States, featuring a 170acre recreational reservoir and a fossil trackway of dinosaur footprints. It is located 15mi north of Clayton, close to New Mexico's border with Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas. The landscape is characterized by rolling grasslands, volcanic rocks, and sandstone bluffs, set on the western edge of the Great Plains. The park area was a stopover point for travelers along the Cimarron Cutoff of the Santa Fe Trail.Visitor activities include picnicking, camping, and fishing at the lake, as well as viewing one of the most extensive dinosaur trackways in North America. Clayton Lake was created by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish in 1955 as a fishing lake and winter waterfowl resting area.A dam was constructed across Seneca Creek, which is actually a series of seeps except after heavy rains. During the fishing season, which usually runs from March to October each year, the lake is a popular spot for anglers hoping to catch trout, catfish, bass, and walleye. Boats are allowed on the lake, but are restricted to trolling speeds. The lake is closed to fishing during the winter, when it serves as a stopover for waterfowl.
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  • peaceful and scenic park with some big fish. There seems to big a big fishing contest every year and I heard rumors of record fish being caught or at least 'almost caught' beautiful spot 
  • When traveling by RV, this is our absolute go-to for breaking up the trip between home and the Rocky Mountains. It's a few miles out of the way, but WELL WORTH IT! Campsites have plenty of room betwee...  more »
  • My sister flew out from New Jersey to visit me and wanted to see the dinosaur tracks. After a long and boring ride across the plains from the center of New Mexico, we got to Clayton. Although we had a...  more »
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  • Very interesting place. Beautiful lake setting and remnants of dinosaur footprints. Small campground with lake views. Perfect setting in the hills and away from busy interstates.
  • We traveled for 25 days and rode through 18 states, camping along the way. This was by far the best place to camp. We love it so much, that we are going back this year and we don't live down the street, just 2,000 miles away.
  • Awesome spot. Get spot E6. Right next to water. If you're driving through with a camper this is an awesome and cheap hook up spot with great views and the dinosaur tracks were interesting. Great sunrise and sunset.
  • Beautiful locale in the middle of nowhere! Lots of camp spaces, might be cramped on 'perfect' weather weekends. Otherwise it's pretty sweet.
  • Beautiful lake and facilities / area very well maintained! Great camping and fishing location! The family will enjoy the time spent here! Be sure to take time to view the dinosaur tracks and check when the observatory is open for viewing!