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Sugarite Canyon State Park, Raton

(4.3/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web)
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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  • nice camping facilities, 2 pristine cold water lakes with good fishing, easy access, close camping sites, biking and hiking/walking trails, small museum with trails around ruins of a coal town. lake m...  more »
  • Great New Mexico State Park the north side of the park bumps into Colorado, you can see mule deer and a possible Black Bear might be sighted fishing in Lake Alice and the bigger Lake Maloya will satis...  more »
  • Great roadside picnic areas and fishing streams. Fall is good time to travel through the area as air is crisp, trees have varied color to photograph. Bring a picnic lunch with you to stop and listen t...  more »
  • Campsites close together. Acorns fell on the roof of the motorhome all night - noisy. Campsites portrayed as lakefront and lake view on the website but don't have any view. Only 5 campsites can be reserved online others are first come, first serve. But, really nice staff.
  • This place provides bear boxes for you to put your food and toiletries into. Bring bear spray just in case, stay bear aware. There were nice grilling and fire facilities but they had a park wide burn ban in effect, and I am thinking it was due to a large fire they had a few years ago. Make sure you bring propane grilling equipment and check local burn bans. The bathrooms were very well kept. The water was under a boil advisory whilst we were there which complicated things further but the site is beautiful and nice and dark.
  • Historic and beautiful. Be sure to visit the Visitors Center to read and see the exhibits relating to the old mining town. Lots of hiking trails. And to top it off there is a beautiful big lake to fish from or kayak on.
  • The visitors center and staff was awesome and I don't use that word often. A diamond in the rough.
  • Excellent 6 mile running trail. Campgrounds are well kept. Best showers that I've found at a State or national park.