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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Sugarite Canyon State Park Reviews
dliwsgergAugust 5, 2017
The old people who run the campground allow only other old retirees to stay there in the few spots available. They are grumpy and rude. We will never visit the park again. more »
Jim DJuly 30, 2017
Look these opinions are very subjective. If you have seen the Grand or Palo Duro, this is no comparison. But it is a nice drive with two nice lakes, very scenic. Good walking paths but not much more. ... more »
dlworth72July 13, 2017
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 »
Dustyn AdamsJune 13, 2017
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.
Scott PhilbrookMarch 6, 2017
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.
Jim BergstromJune 24, 2017
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.
Tom ManJune 15, 2017
Beautiful park with lots of wildlife and nice camp sites.
Stephen FlemingJune 4, 2017
Great spot to get away, and close to home for me.
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