Sugarite Canyon State Park

Sugarite Canyon State Park

Quick Facts

Sugarite Canyon State Park

New Mexico

(575) 445-5607

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Things To Do


Come see where broad sheets of molten lava erupted from a nearby volcano 12 million years ago! Balsalt rock columns forming an extended cliff, is the dominant geologic feature at Sugarite Canyon State Park. This cliff referred to as "caprock," allows for great rock climbing. Visitors can also fish and boat, observe the plentiful wildlife, hike scenic trails, cross-country ski, camp, and picnic. Heavily wooded mountains and meadows painted with wildflowers and butterflies, make this park a prime location for wildlife viewing and bird-watching. It is highly unlikely that any park visitor will leave without seeing at least one furry, feathered or scaly creature.

Map of Sugarite Canyon (NM)

Latitude, Longitude: 36.983918, -104.376523



  • Boating

    Two lakes are open to visitors for boating (electric motors only).

  • Camping

    Primitive sites as well as developed sites with hookups are available.

  • Fishing

    Visitors can fish on the two lakes, while also viewing the plentiful wildlife.

  • Hiking

    A few different hiking trails give visitors an opportunity to see various parts of the park.

  • Historic Sites

    The Coal Camp Interpretive Trail winds through the ruins of the Sugarite coal camp. Coal mining in the area provided an important economic boost to the region and state. The visitor center provides information about the coal camp and the area's history.

  • Picnicking

    The wooded mountains and wildflower covered meadows make Sugarite Canyon State Park a great place to picnic. Tables and grills are available within the campgrounds.

  • RVing

    Developed sites with hookups are provided within the park.

  • Water Sports

    Sailing is allowed in this park.

  • Winter Sports

    Cross-country skiing is popular in the winter.



To get to Sugarite Canyon State Park, take I-25 exit 452 at Raton. Follow NM 72 east for 3.5-miles, and go north on NM 526 for about two miles to the visitor center.

Phone Numbers


(575) 445-5607