Cimarron Canyon State Park

US 64 from Cimarron leads west 24 miles to Eagle Nest, passing en route the popular and often crowded Cimarron Canyon State Park (tel. 575/377-6271). A 32,000-acre designated state wildlife area, it sits at the foot of crenelated granite cliffs, 800 feet high in some areas, known as the Palisades. Rock climbing is allowed throughout the park except in the Palisades area. The river and the two park lakes attract anglers; for the best fishing, move away from the heavily populated campgrounds.

Just east of Cimarron, County Road 204 offers access to the Carson National Forest's Valle Vidal recreation area, a scenic and remote place to hike, backpack, and see hundreds of elk.

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