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“Fun place to stop off at for the day ”

Clayton Lake State Park
Ranked #2 of 4 things to do in Clayton
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Over 500 dinosaur footprints were discovered in this park, which brings in tourists and scientists from all over.
Reviewed July 19, 2017 via mobile

Cute place to camp at or go hiking. There is a place that has dinosaur tracks that you are able to go look at. It's not a far walk from the site. There is a lake that you can put your boat in. Although the boating ramp was closed.

There are bathrooms and showers. You also have to pay for a permit whether you are there for the day or overnight. For the day it is only $5.

Be prepared to see critters. We came across a deer on our way back.

We didn't stay too long just because it was so hot and also we were on our way back home. Would recommend staying or hiking.

For more about my trip check out ChasaTravels.com.

Thank roawr123
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Reviewed July 18, 2017

This was one of our may stops for our BSA Troop 158 camping trip. The day time temperatures were in the low 90's but as soon as the sun went down it would drop to the low 60s. There was a lot of campers when we visited there because of a fishing tournament. The Park Rangers were very helpful and there were several for the amount of people that were present. The Park Rangers told us that usually the camp site doesn't have this many visitors. While we were there we visited the dinosaur tracks and "tail drags" at the park. There is running water, bathrooms, and hot showers next to the Ranger Station. There are several out houses through out the park. Depending on the type of visitors your have is how clean the outhouses are going to be. The main objective of this trip was for the kids to experience nature and that's what they got. From watching deer walk across my camp site to looking at the stars at night. The kids got to fish and swim as well.

2  Thank TexasFire124
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Reviewed July 14, 2017

After reading reviews on here that this was a good place to stretch legs in a part of the state that doesn't offer much interest when you are on a road trip, I am glad we included the stop. This was about fresh air and exercise for our boys 6 and 10) before a day of driving ahead, For $5 and an out of your time, its worth a party walk to the Dino tracks and a few photos for your memory book.

Thank CEEQ2014
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Reviewed June 30, 2017

Remote location, I chose it because it's listed as a Dark Sky park and son wanted to see dinosaur tracks. It was relatively dark sky except for bright street light at boat dock road entrance. Note there is no Wi-Fi, no RV dumping station, no cell phone service, and no camp hosts to help check-in or ask questions. Nearest dump station is Lowe's gas station in Clayton, about 12 miles away. So, plan your water usage wisely so your tanks are not full before you need to leave. Road is rough going to park and it dislodged several items in camper by the time we arrived. If you need to find park attendee for help, the mornings around 8 were best to catch someone when they're emptying the trash cans. Bathrooms were relatively clean, showers had a lot of soap scum but I was glad they have hand soap available. Minor maintenance needs done in bathrooms. Sites have a nice picnic table and cover. If you need to make a cell call, you might barely get service at the park entrance on the top of the hill. If you want isolation, this park seems to fit the bill.

2  Thank FlyingSmithy
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Reviewed June 25, 2017 via mobile

There's an old saying that it only takes a few people to ruin it for everybody. That's true in the state of New Mexico at Clayton State park. This could-be a really nice place but instead it is covered with dog poo virtually everywhere. Along the trails along the waterfront everywhere. Also you should know that I could not find any place to dump my Gray water or sewage in this park. although they give you water and electricity as soon as your tanks are full you're done. If a dumping area does exist it is not able to be found and the park only has one employee will you can't ever get ahold of.

When you search online, it states no reservations, but actually you have to have reservations or leave by Friday morning.

You get what you pay for, $14 but no cell phone service or wifi available.

it is quiet as long as you don't count dogs barking at 6AM

2  Thank Joe L
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