Cimarron Canyon State Park

Written by on June 29, 2017 in NM Outdoor Adventures - No comments

Spectacular palisade cliffs and mountain streams dominate Cimarron Canyon State Park located in New Mexico’s high country. Cimarron is Spanish for wild and untamed. The word originally referred to the bighorn sheep that roam the north-central mountains and has been adopted name the park. Cimarron Canyon State Park is part of the 33,116-acre Colin Neblett Wildlife Area — the largest wildlife area in the state. Soaring granite formations make up sheer palisade cliffs that dominate the park’s scenery. The cliffs expose nearly two billion years of complex geologic history, where different layers of rock have been worn away by wind, water and ancient glaciers.
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There are plenty of things to do in the park year around, even during the winter months. During the warmer months, Cimarron Canyon is an angler’s delight. The streams offer excellent trout fishing, including eight miles of premier brown and rainbow trout water. The main canyon offers terrific hiking in the summer months, while the trails make for great cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing in the winter. Wildlife abounds in the park in all seasons, from a wide variety of birds, including turkey, to larger game like elk, deer and bear.

With an average elevation of 7,500 to 8,000 feet, the park has temperate weather through the summer months. Average temperatures ranges from 84 degrees during the day in July to 42 degrees in January. There are several state run campgrounds in the area, while the nearby town of Taos offers every amenity.

Other attractions in the area include:
Capulin Volcano National Monument
Taos Pueblo
Taos Ski Valley
Angel Fire Ski Area
Red River Ski Area
Ski Rio Ski Area

Cimarron Canyon State Park
P.O. Box 185
Eagle Nest, NM 87718
Phone: (575) 377-6271

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