Street Picnic Guide:
HCR 63, Box 386
Raton, NM 87740
Gate Hours: 24
Located on the
Colorado border, Sugarite Canyon State Park features
heavily wooded mountains and meadows painted with
wildflowers and butterflies. Visitors can fish and
boat (electric motors only), observe the plentiful
wildlife, hike scenic trails, cross-country ski,
camp and picnic.
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, as
shown on this map of the area.
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.
An extended cliff
of basaltic rock columns, often referred to as
"caprock" is the dominant geologic feature
at the park. About 12 million years ago, broad
sheets of molten lava erupted from a nearby volcano,
forming layers of basalt rock 10-100 feet thick.
Rock climbing is allowed on the caprock.
- Visitor Center
- Group Shelter
- Developed Sites
- Electric Sites
- RV Dump Station
- Wildlife Viewing
- Winter Sports