Sugarite Canyon State Park, Raton

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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.
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  • This is only a few miles outside of Raton and it is well worth the trip! Many activities are scheduled year round and they offer interesting information in a beautiful setting. Friendly Rangers and a ...  more »
  • This state park is very close to the Capulin Volcano area. Be sure to stop at the visitor center to get all the information you need for your visit. There is an easy trail behind the visitor's center ...  more »
  • drove up to have a look around, nice area, and nice lake for fishing. I heard they stock it with some big one for the fishing derby and not all get caught. nice mountain area and fresh air  more »
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  • Had a great camping experience here however it was kind of a nightmare to get to late at night. I would definitely recommend this place for camping except for after midnight arrivals. Bear boxes provided at camps and awesome shower house by the welcome building.
  • Great climbing and mountain biking! It's a hidden gem, we barely ran into another human. Beautiful.
  • 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.
  • Wonderful place. Soda pocket locks a gate at night. They tell you that and give you a code. Wonderful camp host and clean showers. Trails are awesome
  • Pristine and peaceful! Absolutely stunning! Thank you Ranger Pat for hosting a coffee and donut talk about the wildlife living in this breathtaking and magnificent canyon!

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