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FRIENDS hosts activities for children and adults at
both Eagle Nest Lake and in Cimarron Canyon. In 
addition, there are ongoing activities that include:
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Trail maintenance and development
  • Clean-up days

All events are subject to New Mexico State Park regulations.

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An ongoing series of informational entries

Annual Fish Fest & Pike Roundup

September 2023

Enjoy a long weekend of fishing on Eagle Nest Lake in September. For details, call 575-377-6941 or go to

Firemen's BBQ & EMT 911 Sundaes
4th of July Fireworks over the Lake

July 4, 2023

The Firemen's BBQ and the Parade in Eagle Nest are on schedule. 

Enjoy delicious BBQ at the 41st Annual Eagle Nest Volunteer Fire Department BBQ Benefit. Barbecue beef, beans, coleslaw, roll and beverage will be $12 per plate donation. The EMT 911 Sundae proceeds will benefit the Eagle Nest Volunteer Ambulance Service.

The Fireworks over Eagle Nest Lake might be a laser light show if they can get one scheduled at this late date. Even though the fireworks over Eagle Nest Lake are safe, having fireworks might make others think fireworks are OK, and out of respect for the Hermit's Peak/Calf Canyon Fire victims, it would be best not to have 4th of July Fireworks over Eagle Nest Lake. 



7th Annual Eagle Fest

August 2023

Join Eagle Nest as we celebrate our 6th Annual EagleFest on August 2023. Enjoy a weekend of Hot Air Balloons, music, your favorite vendors and much more.

Hot Air Balloons

Free Music

Other Events 

  • Soaring Eagle 5K Fun Run/Walk Challenge
  • Eagle Nest Fire Department Pancake Breakfast
  • Soapbox Race
  • Eagle Nest Dam Tour

Events will be held at the Enchanted Eagle Park in Eagle Nest, NM and hosted by the Village of Eagle Nest.

Bring your family and friends for a weekend of fun.
For  details, call 575-377-2486 or visit

Shore Clean Up Days for 2023

Eagle Nest Lake Shore Clean Up Day

Date to be determined. Meet at the Eagle Nest Lake State Park Visitor Center. We will be cleaning the area along the lake bank from the visitor Center to the South Boat Ramp.

River Roundup at Cimarron Canyon State Park

Date to be determined. 
Meet at Tolby (front parking lot) at 10:00 am

We will provide pickers, buckets and garbage bags as well as bottled water for workers. Reflective vests will be available.

We will disperse to higher traffic sections in and around parking areas (Tolby, Horseshoe, Clear Creek, Palisades, Maverick, etc.) and collect trash along roadway and/or streamside upstream/downstream from these areas. Return filled bags and equipment to front parking lot at Tolby for haul-off.

Plan subject to change due to weather, State Park staff or Friends-group leadership!  Come join the fun!  

Annual FRIENDS Meeting, Board Elections and Potluck

July, 2023

Eagle Nest Lake State Park Visitor Center, 42 Marina Lane, Eagle Nest, NM. 575-377-1594

FRIENDS will provide the main dish and iced tea for the potluck. Attendees are encouraged to bring a side dish or dessert to share.

If you would like to attend this meeting via Google Meet, please send an email to [email protected] no later than 24 hours prior to the meeting.

FRIENDS Summer Membership Drive Meeting

June, 2023

Come see what FRIENDS is all about. Share your ideas and help us plan events for 2023-2024! Meeting time is from 5:30-6:30 pm at the Eagle Nest Lake State Park Visitor Center at 42 Marina Lane in Eagle Nest. 

If you would like to attend this meeting via Google Meet, please send an email to [email protected] no later than 24 hours prior to the meeting.

Friends is a volunteer membership organization that supports activities to enhance visitor experience at Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron Canyon State Parks. Annual Membership Fee $30 (includes immediate family). Active Members receive a Day-Use Pass for Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron Canyon State Parks.

National Trails Day Hike 

June, 2023

The date for the June Trails Day Hike is to be determined for 2023.

FRIENDS Support for Run for the Wall

May 19-20, 2023 

FRIENDS will be providing support for the military veterans participating in the motorcycle Run for the Wall event. Volunteers are needed in the following areas:

  • Week of May 15: Place flags on Hwy 64
  • May 19: Greeting Veterans at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • May 19: Preparation and serving dinner to the Veterans
  • May 20: Preparation and serving breakfast to the Veterans

For more information, contact the Village of Eagle Nest at 575-377-2486.

Children's Fishing Derby

May 13, 2023

Free to all children ages 3-11 at the Gravel Pit Lakes in Maverick Campground in Cimarron Canyon State Park. Registration starts at 10:00 am.  Must be in fish judging line by 1:00 pm to have fish judged. New Mexico Fishing Regulations and $5 per vehicle Day Use Fees apply. For more information call 575-377-1594 or 575-377-6271.

Contest Rules:

  1. All entrants must be registered on a bona-fide entry form.
  2. Children must be 3-11 years old.
  3. Only trout taken from Gravel Pit Lakes are eligible.
  4. Free t-shirt to first 100 entrants.
  5. Entrants may be assisted in casting their line, however entrant must reel in their own fish and may only use one pole.
  6. Must be in fish judging line by 1:00 pm to have catch judged.
  7. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes are given in age groups 3-7 and 8-11.
  8. Children must be supervised by an adult.
  9. Entrant must be present to register and claim prizes.

Bring this entry form with you to sign up for the event.

The New Mexico Department of Game & Fish is a recognized sponsor for the Children's Fishing Derby providing fish in the Gravel Pit Ponds for this event. 

Cimarron Canyon State Park Directions

Ice Fishing Tournament

January 28, 2023

Ice Fishing is now open on Eagle Nest Lake for foot traffic only. If weather conditions hold, the Ice Fishing Tournament will be held on January 28. 


REGISTRATION: 6 a.m. - 11 a.m.

WHERE: Eagle Nest Lake State Park Visitor Center

END OF TOURNAMENT: You must be in line with your fish to be measured by 2 p.m.

Four Categories: 1. Trout/Salmon 2. Perch 3. Pike 4. Creel (Points for total fish in this category based on entry into one more of the species categories.) $10 fee for each category entered. (To enter the Creel category, at least one of the species categories must also be entered.) No Refunds!

Contestants may begin fishing for Tournament eligible fish any time after registering. New Mexico Game and Fish and State Park Regulations will be enforced!

Prizes will be awarded for "Biggest Fish" in categories 1, 2, & 3. Each contestant will be limited to entering one fish in each of the categories. The total length of the fish will be measured. In case of a tie in length, the girth will be measured to determine the winner. If a tie still exists, the prize will be shared by the winners.  Creel winner is based on points for total fish caught in registered species categories.

Cash Prizes will consist of 75% of the registration fees collected for each category.

1st Place -   40% of the cash prize

2nd Place - 30% of the cash prize

3rd Place -  20% of the cash prize

4th Place -  10% of the cash prize

Informational Flyer

Ice Fishing registration form

Ice Fishing rules

Eagle Nest Lake State Park Visitor Center, 42 Marina Way, Eagle Nest, NM

The Ice Fishing Tournament at Eagle Nest Lake State Park is hosted by FRIENDS. 

Polar Bear Plunge and Stomp

January 1, 2023

Registration at 12:00 noon

Stomp at 1:00 pm

Plunge at 2:00 pm

Start the New Year off with the Polar Bear Stomp along one of the Eagle Nest Lake flat trails. The Stomp should take about an hour depending on level of snow (snow depth will determine if you need to wear snow boots or snow shoes). Stomp begins at 1:00 pm. Hot chocolate and cookies will follow.

For those hearty souls looking to start their New Year off  with a chill, take the Polar Bear Challenge and plunge into the ice cold waters of Eagle Nest Lake (conditions permitting). Shoes are required to take the plunge. The Plunge starts at 2:00 pm. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. 

There is no fee to register for either event, however a $5 Park fee per vehicle will apply or show a current annual State Park pass. The time for the Polar Challenge events has been changed since January 1st is on a  Sunday. Registration begins at Noon on January 1, 2023, Stomp at 1 PM, and Plunge at 2 PM.

Come to the Eagle Nest Lake State Park Visitor Center, 42 Marina Way, Eagle Nest NM 87718. For event info, call 575-377-1594 or see the following for details:

Information Flyer

Event Welcome

Polar Event Layout


18 Polar Stompers and 50 Polar Plungers provided exciting entertainment for over 200 viewing these events to welcome the year 2023 at Eagle Nest Lake State Park on January 1. Although the wind was rather breezy in the morning, it was mostly calm for the Stomp at 1 PM and the Plunge at 2 PM, making it a nice, cloudy afternoon that was enjoyed by all participating in the events.

Plungers came from as far away as Crestview, Florida. There were Plungers from the Texas cities of San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Houston and Lubbock. New Mexico had participants from Eagle Nest, Angel Fire, Cimarron, Raton, Taos, Ranchos de Taos, Holman, Albuquerque, Roswell, and Clovis.

The annual New Year's Day Polar Events are hosted by Friends of Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron Canyon State Parks in conjunction with New Mexico State Parks. 




PO Box 3, Eagle Nest NM 87718

[email protected]