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New Mexico EMNRD
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Fishing ponds, trailheads, campgrounds, picnic areas, toilets.

Cimarron Canyon State Park is a narrow strip of land along both sides of Highway 64 for a seven mile stretch between Ute Park and Eagle Nest. The park is best known for it's trout fishing, both in the Cimarron River and the stocked Gravel Pit Lakes.  The park is also home of the Pallisades, spectacular vertical rock formations.

Although small and adjacent to a sometimes-busy highway, the park is surrounded by tens of thousands of acres of near-wilderness and rugged scenery.

Access into the surrounding Wildlife Area has been less-than-straightforward in the past due to various posted requirements for GAIN permits or hunting/fishing licenses, in addition to a State Park Pass that is required for parking.  The wildlife area brochure now states:

Individuals may also access this WMA with a valid Cimarron Canyon State Park access pass.

Hiking Opportunities:  Hiking trails within the State Park itself are limited.  The park does have several trailheads that take hikers into the surrounding Colin Neblett Wildlife Area.

Camping Opportunities:  Campgrounds for vehicles and RVs, some are designed for equestrian use with corrals.   The Blackjack area has 5 walk-in tent camping sites.

More Information:

Official ENMRD website:  link

Colin Neblett Wildlife Area brochure with information on hunting and fishing, camping, seasonal closures, and a map:  pdf file