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“A stunning hidden gem in Northern New Mexico”

Cimarron Canyon State Park
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Owner description: Part of the 33,1160-acre Colin Neblett Wildlife Area, the largest wildlife area in the state, this state park features the soaring 400-foot granite formations known as the Cimarron Palisades.
Reviewed October 22, 2013

We took a day trip to Cimarron Canyon. We drove through the canyon then stopped to hike at the Clear Creek Trailhead. The park rangers were extremely nice, and though some of the park was supposed to be closed, many facilities were still open to accommodate hunters camping in the campgrounds. The weather was gorgeous, and there was fresh snow, even though the temperatures were in the 50s. The leaves were changing on the aspen, and there was fresh runoff. We enjoyed the hike and took some wonderful pictures, including photos of the Palisade Sills rock formations. We saw fresh signs of bear (footprints and bear scat); however, we did not see a bear ourselves. This has become my new favorite place to visit! We will definitely be back!

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Reviewed September 4, 2013

This is a beautiful area of New Mexico and well worth the drive. We were not too impressed with the camp area in the park, it looked a little cramped for trailers. But we were not there to camp; we were there for the Clear Creek trail and we were not disappointed in the beauty of it. This trail follows a creek as it tumbles down the side of the mountain, down numerous cascades and waterfalls. There is a 2000 foot ascent, so the trail is somewhat strenuous; but don't be afraid of it. We actually did not do the last leg of the trail because it was very steep and the soil was loose, but what we did was wonderful! The day use fee for the park is $5.00 and you use an envelope at the campground.

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Reviewed August 8, 2013

Absolutely beautiful no matter what time of year! The drive itself is spectaculor but if you have time stop at the Palisade Sill. The river was very calm the day we went so my son took his shoes off and stood in the water....not very long because it was cold!

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Reviewed August 4, 2013

Like most New Mexico State Parks the state's budget problems really are beginning to show. It is clear that the existing staff simply cannot keep up with the visitor impact on the park. The restrooms do have running water and flush toilets but they were never clean, probably because of the high demand on the facilities. Trails are overgrown and sorely need work. The campsites are barely big enough for RVs and are quite close together so don't expect any privacy. The are no sites with hook-ups, so plan accordingly.
Having said all that, this park is a must see! Highway 64, which runs through the park, is a beautiful road through some striking scenery. Take your time and enjoy it. The river running through the park is well known as a productive trout stream too.

2  Thank AlbuquerqueD_W
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

This is one of the most scenic areas in New Mexico. It is worth going slow through the park to take advantage of the natural beauty. This is a great place to view wildlife. Have seen deer, wild turkey, and a black bear cub.

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