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New Mexico State Parks that Go the Extra Mile

For many people, New Mexico conjures images of arid desert and little more. Yet the state actually boasts an impressive selection of State Parks which are unique in the true sense of the word. Discover complex geological features like towering pinnacles of rock, and one of the most concentrated areas of dinosaur fossils in North America. Gaze up to the array of stars at night, and marvel at the abundant natural life of New Mexico.

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Best New Mexico State Parks for Families

From stargazing to dinosaur fossil hunting, New Mexico's State Parks provide plenty of magical experiences for families. Make memories for life at the following:

  • 1. Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park

    Hundreds of native plants and animals can be found at this exciting hub for all things wild and wonderful. More than 40 species native to the Chihuahuan Desert greet you as you take part in interpretive programs and walk along scenic hiking trails. You'll see bobcats, Gila monsters, a cougar, wolves and golden eagles, among gardens filled with striking plants and cacti.

  • 2. Clayton Lake State Park

    Little ones will be thrilled by unearthing one of the busiest dinosaur highways in North America, right here at Clayton Lake. Walk in the footsteps of the giants that once rules the earth, or gaze out at other possible worlds from the Lake's Observatory. You can also boat and fish on the lake, hike along lakeside trails, and picnic in this stunning State Park.

  • 3. Pancho Villa State Park

    Great playgrounds for kids are amongst the attractions for families at Pancho Villa, yet there's so much more. Situated on the Mexican border, this State Park offers you a thrilling insight into the Pancho Villa Raid. Explore heritage-rich Camp Furlong among other historic buildings, and interpret it all at the exhibit hall.

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Best New Mexico State Parks for Hiking

From hikes through deep canyons to winding your way through towering formations of volcanic rock, New Mexico's State Parks offer you some of the most memorable hikes of your life.

  • 1. City of Rocks State Park

    Embark on a hike that takes you 40 million years into the past, deep into New Mexico's geological history. Volcanic formations rise up from the Chihuahuan Desert to comprise a 'city' of columns, the result of millions of years of erosion. Hiking and mountain biking trails run through the park, which is perfect for stargazing. It even has its own desert botanical garden, so you can mix exercise with education.

  • 2. Cimarron Canyon State Park

    Gliding gracefully through a canyon studded with evergreens, the Cimarron River is a tranquil focal point in this park. Intriguing geological formations and wildlife make the park's hiking and horse-riding trails especially appealing.

  • 3. Navajo Lake State Park

    The famed Navajo Lake is a jewel set amid scenery that attracts hikers from all over the States. Fishermen, canoeists, sailing enthusiasts, and water skiers all play on this gleaming expanse of water. Hike trails along the San Juan River, a favourite with fly fishermen, and discover Navajo Lake's glittering beaches.

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Best New Mexico State Parks for Adventure Sports

Spectacular scenery makes for a dramatic backdrop to thrilling adventure sports in New Mexico's State Parks. Here are some highlights:

  • 1. Elephant Butte State Park

    Wonderfully named, this park is New Mexico's largest State Park. With a vast lake and plenty of pontoons, it's a mecca for water sports fans. Kayaking, sailing, and jet skiing are among the options for fun on the lake's crystalline waters. There are also sandy beaches with picnic areas, camping grounds, and playgrounds for little ones.

  • 2. Bluewater Lake State Park

    Beneath the Zuni Mountains, Bluewater Lake State Park is a haven for adventure sports enthusiasts. Horseback ride along the lake's perimeter, hike the park's forested trails and fish in the lake. Bluewater Lake is filled with tiger muskie, while the pinion juniper forest is packed with a cornucopia of amazing wildlife.

  • 3. Sugarite Canyon State Park

    Almost every outdoor recreational activity is possible in this Edenic park, the vibrant wildlife of which attracts visitors from miles around. Go fishing and boating on its lakes, or hike, and horseback ride through trails lined with pretty wild flowers.

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