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Located on the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, Eagle Nest Lake is surrounded by the stunning scenery of the high mountains of the Moreno Valley. This lake is regularly stocked with trout and salmon. Anglers can fish from the banks or by boat and ice fish in the winter. At 8,300 feet in elevation, the park offers a cool retreat from the summer heat for fisherman, boaters, campers, hikers and wildlife enthusiasts. A 9-basket disc golf course is located near the visitor center and is playable year round. An abundance of animals make Eagle Nest Lake an ideal location for wildlife viewing.

For park information, visit: Eagle Nest Lake State Park

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The Cimarron River flows through this narrow, forested canyon, located near Eagle Nest on the 

Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway. The park offers beautiful views, interesting geology, quiet camping, fly fishing, 

hiking and equestrian trails. The wildlife viewing opportunities are amazing, as the park sits at the center of the 

Colin Neblett Wildlife Management Area. For park information, visit Cimarron Canyon State Park


FRIENDS of Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron Canyon State Parks hosts a variety of events throughout the year for children and adults.  Check the schedule and mark your calendar.

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Join Friends

FRIENDS of Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron Canyon State Parks is a group of volunteers assisting with events/activities that enhance and promote Park use at Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron Canyon 

State Parks.

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FRIENDS hosts monthly meetings to coordinate and plan activities.  Join FRIENDS and become an active member. 

We welcome your enthusiasm and new ideas.

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Latest News

An ongoing series of informational entries

Eagle Nest Lake & Cimarron Canyon
State Parks are open!


Eagle Nest Lake will open for day use only from 8am-5pm Thursday-Sunday each week. Cimarron Canyon is open for day use only and fishing from 8am-5pm. 

  • New Mexico State Parks officials remind the public that the current Public Health Order is mandatory and is being enforced statewide. Based on the current health order, non-residents are not allowed within the park at this time. 

  • In addition, wearing a mask or cloth face covering is mandatory in all public settings. Violators could face citations and fines for not complying voluntarily.

For more information, please access the individual state park links above.  In addition, connect to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish for additional updates.

Hiring at the Parks for Summer seasonal positions

The New Mexico State Parks is now accepting resumes for Summer seasonal positions for both seasonal laborers and park technicians. Jobs are at both Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron Canyon. Positions start in May and run through September. Pay range is from $9.00 to $11.00 per hour. A resume may be given directly to the park for consideration. For more information, contact the parks directly.

Eagle Nest Lake: 575-377-1594

Cimarron Canyon: 575-377-6271

Celebrate Hubble!

The link to this event is

FRIENDS will help celebrate the 30th Birthday of Hubble this Summer at the Eagle Nest Lake State Park with activities to include astronomical viewings. Check our events schedule for event dates when planned.

Happy 30th Birthday,


Eagle Nest Lake State Park                       Cimarron Canyon State Park

Visitor Center                                             Visitor Center 

42 Marina Way                                           28869 Highway 64

Eagle Nest NM 87718                                  Eagle Nest NM 87718

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Note: This website is not part of ENMRD's or the Divisions domain and is operated independently by FRIENDS.