Clayton Lake State Park

Clayton Lake State Park

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Clayton Lake State Park

New Mexico

(575) 374-8808

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Set among rolling grasslands, volcanic rocks and sandstone bluffs, Clayton Lake State Park offers excellent fishing and winter waterfowl viewing. Walk a half-mile to the lake's spillway to view over 500 dinosaur footprints dating back more than 100 million years! These famous tracks are best viewed in the morning or late afternoon. At Clayton Lake, you can enjoy picnicking, camping, superb fishing, and one of the most extensive dinosaur trackways in North America.

Map of Clayton Lake (NM)

Latitude, Longitude: 36.579808, -103.305452



  • Boating

    Boats are allowed on the lake, but are restricted to trolling speeds.

  • Camping

    Primitive camping, as well as RV camping with hookups is available.

  • Fishing

    The lake offers outstanding fishing of trout, catfish, walleye and bass. Four state-record walleyes have been caught since 1980. The current record is 16 lbs. 9 oz.

  • Hiking

    There are a couple of hiking trails within the park.

  • Picnicking

    Fully-accessible tables and grills are found throughout the park grounds.

  • Water Sports

    Fishing and boating are available, though boats are restricted to trolling speeds.


Summer temperatures range from lows in the mid 50s to highs in the upper 80s. Winter temperatures average lows in the lower 20s to highs in upper 40s. Both spring and autumn have pleasant day temperatures, with some nights getting a little chilly.



Clayton Lake State Park is 12 miles north of Clayton via NM 370.

Phone Numbers


(575) 374-8808