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Main Street Picnic Guide: New Mexico 
Sugarite Canyon State Park

HCR 63, Box 386
Raton, NM 87740

Gate Hours: 24 hours

Located on the Colorado border, Sugarite Canyon State Park features heavily wooded mountains and meadows painted with wildflowers and butterflies. Visitors can fish and boat (electric motors only), observe the plentiful wildlife, hike scenic trails, cross-country ski, camp and picnic.

To get to Sugarite Canyon State Park, take I-25 exit 452 at Raton, follow NM 72 east for 3.5 miles, and go north on NM 526 for about two miles to the visitor center, as shown on this map of the area.

The Coal Camp Interpretive Trail winds through the ruins of the Sugarite coal camp. Coal mining in the area provided an important economic boost to the region and state. The visitor center provides information about the coal camp and the area's history.

An extended cliff of basaltic rock columns, often referred to as "caprock" is the dominant geologic feature at the park. About 12 million years ago, broad sheets of molten lava erupted from a nearby volcano, forming layers of basalt rock 10-100 feet thick. Rock climbing is allowed on the caprock.

Facilities

  • Visitor Center
  • Group Shelter
  • Developed Sites (40)
  • Electric Sites (12)
  • RV Dump Station
  • Restrooms
  • Showers

Activities

  • Camping
  • Picnicking
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Trails
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Winter Sports

 
 
 
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