Sugarite Canyon State Park is a state park of New Mexico, United States, featuring a historic early-20th Century coal-mining camp and natural scenery at the border of the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains. The park is located on the Colorado–New Mexico state line 6mi northeast of Raton, New Mexico.SettingSugarite Canyon is located east of Raton Pass in a sparsely-populated region of lofty, steep-sided, flat-topped mesas; cone-shaped volcanoes; and old lava flows. Sugarite Canyon State Park, 3600acres in size, consists of a stream valley flanked by basalt cliffs with Bartlett and Little Horse Mesas to the west and Horse Mesa on the east. Elevations in the park are from 6950ft at the park entrance to 8350ft on top of Little Horse Mesa. The park is about 4mi long and 1.5mi wide.Most of the park is heavily forested with ponderosa pine and gambel oak forests. Along Chicorica Creek at lower elevations is a riparian forest of willow and cottonwood. Douglas fir, white fir, and aspen forests are found at higher elevations on north facing slopes. The flat top of Little Horse Mesa is a grassy meadow. Wildlife species in the park include mule deer, black bear, mountain lion, turkeys, and elk. The two artificial lakes in the park, Lake Maloya (120 acres) and Lake Alice (3 acres), and Chicorica Creek, are stocked with rainbow, cutthroat, and brown trout. Abundant butterflies, wildflowers, and views down the Sugarite Valley to the Great Plains far below are highlights of the park.Make Sugarite Canyon State Park part of your personalized Raton itinerary using our Raton trip generator.
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We drove through Sugarite Canyon on our way back to Raton through Johnson Mesa after spending a half day at Capulin volcano. What an awesome drive!! The beauty was WOW! So green!! The wildflowers were... more »
There are two beautiful mountain lakes in this state park, Lake Alice (smaller) and Lake Maloya (larger). Good trout fishing to be had in Lake Maloya. more »
The visitor center staff and camp host Ben were SO nice and helpful! It was my first solo camping adventure and no reservation. Everyone was great. A little disappointed that the shower building was l... more »
Beware!!!! We camped at Soda Pocket campground up a dirt road, went into town, came back before Dusk (there's a sign at the entrance to the dirt road that the gate is locked dusk to 7 AM) only to find the gate was closed, luckily it wasn't locked but a pain to open and a padlock nearby so it could of been locked. Had there of been an overnight emergency we more then likely would of had issues leaving to get help. I have NEVER seen a public campground close a gate to an active camp site before. With that being said it's a beautiful canyon with a rich history that's poorly managed. I don't think I'll ever be staying at a New Mexico state park ever again.
Sugarite canyon state park is a small but picturesque little park. Some RV spots with reservations exist, however they are in the camp at the lower elevation. It looks like it was totally packed in there behind the fence but I didn't go in there. For me the cool camping spots are on top of the park, at the first come served camping spots. A resident camper takes care of your signin, look for them. There are wild animals including bears! You need to use a bear box for food or anything that will smell like food. Or have a RV with walls. We had spray and tents. We were told bears had been through our exact site the night before, but we were late from driving in and were not deterred. It went off fine, but we put food away promptly. The sites up top get breezy and coldish even in July, so pack accordingly. We put on fleece and shell jackets, hats in summer.
Sugarite is simply one of the nicest places we have ever camped in an organized campground setting. It is remote in a sense, offers great hiking, and has perfect, bare-bones facilities.
Beautiful park with lots of wildlife and nice camp sites.
Great spot to get away, and close to home for me.
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