FRIENDS of Eagle Nest Lake
and Cimarron Canyon
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EAGLE NEST LAKE
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, call 575-377-1594 or visit Eagle Nest Lake State Park
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CIMARRON CANYON STATE PARK
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, call 575-377-6271 or visit Cimarron Canyon State Park
For fishing updates, check the New Mexico State Parks Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pg/NewMexicoStateParks/posts
FRIENDS of Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron Canyon State Parks hosts a variety of events throughout the year for children and adults. Link to the EVENTS page, check the schedule and mark your calendar.
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. Visit our HOME page for membership information.
FRIENDS hosts monthly meetings to coordinate and plan activities. Join FRIENDS and become an active member.
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Activities at Eagle Nest Lake State Park
An ongoing series of informational entries
Come play Disc Golf at Eagle Nest Lake!
Come play in the cool mountain air and see why the following unique names were chosen for the baskets: #1 IRONEYES, #2 DON'T BLINK, #3 DAISY DO, #4 SHOW OFF, #5 ZIANADO, #6 GREEN CHILE, #7 BILLY GOAT X, #8 GONE FISHIN', #9 FIREANTZ.
This 2,771 foot course is at an elevation of 8,000'+, has nine INNOVA DISCatcher baskets with dirt tees of which three have intermittent water, four have trees to contend with, and there are elevation changes on six of the nine baskets.
#5 ZIANADO plays 325' to the northeast with a backhand drive out over the floodplain of Eagle Nest Lake and past shoreline trees to glide about 50' down into the basket. To help in picking the right disc to ace this basket, you might watch the soaring eagles to get a sense of the air currents.
The course is located a short distance on the trail north of the group shelter at the Park Visitor Center. It has excellent scenic views of Eagle Nest Lake and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, including the mountains surrounding Wheeler Peak, the State's highest peak at 13,161' above sea level.
This is the first disc golf course in a New Mexico State Park and is the result of collaborative work between New Mexico State Parks and Friends of Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron Canyon State Parks. Friends members Kyle Dehler and Stevie Lund were instrumental in laying out the course.
Eagle Nest Lake State Park and the disc golf course are open from 6 AM to 9 PM daily. Score cards with the course layout are available in the Visitor Center which has limited hours and can be reached at 575-377-1594. Bring your own discs or purchase INNOVA DX Custom Commemorative discs ($15 & $20 each) or rent discs at $2 per disc or $5 for three discs with a $20 rental deposit for up to three discs. NM State Park Regulations apply. Day Use Permit $5 per day per vehicle.
The Eagle Nest Lake State Park course is a great disc golf destination as it is within a 30 to 75-minute scenic mountain drive of the following ten New Mexico courses:
Mallette Park, Red River (9 baskets)
Red River Ski Area (18 baskets)
Angel Fire Resort (18 baskets)
Picuris Pueblo DGC (27 baskets)
Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort (20 baskets)
Taos Roc Pit (18 baskets)
Taos Ski Valley DGC (18 baskets)
Two Gray Hares DGC (18 baskets)
Philmont Scout Ranch (18 baskets)
The Whistle Stop, Raton (9 baskets)
Ice Fishing on Eagle Nest Lake
As of March 4, 2022, Eagle Nest Lake is closed to ice fishing due to deteriorating ice conditions.
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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