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Sugarite Canyon State Park


Group shelter use is currently not available. 2/24/2021 - ongoing
Day use hours are 6 a.m. to dusk. 4/2/2021 - ongoing
Lake Maloya and Lake Alice are periodically stocked with rainbow trout. In addition, prior to 2020, the Friends of Sugarite annually stocked Lake Maloya with three-to-five-pound trophy trout. 4/2/2021 - ongoing
The park is a popular destination for bird and butterfly watching. 4/2/2021 - ongoing
Sugarite Canyon State Park maintains more than 20 miles of trails. Some trails are open for bicycles and horses. Leashed pets are allowed. 4/2/2021 - ongoing
The remains of the historic Sugarite Coal Camp are located in the park. Prior to arrival, visitors can download a free Flyover Country field guide app to their cellphones for the Sugarite Coal Camp trail. In addition, printed self-guided tour pamphlets are available at the Visitor Center. In-person tours are offered during the summer season or by appointment. 4/2/2021 - ongoing
Rock climbing is allowed on the south face of Little Horse Mesa. Climbers should contact the park in advance to ensure access. 4/2/2021 - ongoing
The name of the park is actually pronounced "Sugar-EET." 4/2/2021 - ongoing
There is no wifi nor cell phone service in the park. Visitors needing a connection must drive about a mile south of the park and pull off the road, or look for a wifi location in Raton six miles from the park. 4/4/2021 - ongoing
Park maps and brochures are available on the front porch of the Visitor Center, even if the building is closed. 4/4/2021 - ongoing
When you reserve a campsite, if possible please print out a copy of your receipt to put on your vehicle dash. 4/18/2021 - ongoing
Soda Pocket Campground is open through Sept. 30, 2021 and will close for the winter on Oct. 1. Campers arriving after dark must have the gate code to access the campground. The code is included in the reservation confirmation. Campers can also call the park at 575-445-5607 to get the code. The gate is locked overnight from dusk until 7 a.m. 7/23/2021 - ongoing


No closures are posted.


Stage I Fire Restrictions: Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove is prohibited except in State Park developed camp and picnic grounds where grills and stoves are provided by the State Park. 8/2/2022 - ongoing
The use of devices fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off is allowed. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three (3) feet of the device. Smoking is prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site/improved site, or while standing in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material. 8/2/2022 - ongoing

Office Phone

(575) 445-5607
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