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Bluewater Lake State Park

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/Bluewater.htm

Rolling hills studded with pinon and juniper trees encircle the lake, which is stocked with trout and catfish. bluewater lake state park is popular for boating and year-round fishing.

Bottomless Lakes State Park

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/bottomless.htm

The lakes are water filled sinkholes in the local gypsum terrain. odd geology and water chemistry create homes for unusual plants and animals, like the Pecos sunflower.

Brantley Lake State Park

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/ParksPages/Brantley.htm

Brantley lake state park, a southern desert park, is a refreshing place to fish and enjoy other water sports. the visitor center includes historical exhibits about the wild west town of seven rivers.

Caballo Lake State Park

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/caballo.htm

Teachers and students love field trips, and Caballo Lake may be an ideal location for one. With the release of the Bosque Education Guide - Lower Rio Grande Edition, teachers have a wide range of field trip and classroom activities to choose from that are aligned to state standards and tie classroom study to a field trip to Caballo. Visit this Linkfor more information about and downloads of the Bosque Education Guide. To schedule a field trip, contact the park at the number listed below.

Cerrillos Hills State Park

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/CerrillosHills.htm

Cerrillos hills, new mexico's 35th state park, is a year-round, day-use park located off the turquoise trail national scenic byway between santa fe and albuquerque. you will cross paths with over 1,100 years of mining history here along the five miles of trails and enjoy spectacular views of the sandias, ortiz, jemez, and sangre de cristo mountain ranges. the park is has 1,116 acres of rolling juniper and pinon hills and is accessible year-round for hikers, horseback riders and mountain-bikers.

Cimarron Canyon State Park

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/CimarronCanyon.htm

Set in new mexico's high country, where spectacular palisade cliffs and clear running waters dominate the landscape, cimarron canyon state park is part of the 33,116-acre colin neblett wildlife area - the largest wildlife area in the state.

City of Rocks State Park

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/cityrocks.htm

Formed of volcanic ash welded together 35 million years ago, then sculpted by wind and water into rows of monolithic blocks, these incredible rock formations give city of rocks its name. hiking trails, a botanical garden and a public night sky observatory add to this unique destination.

Clayton Lake State Park

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/Clayton.htm

Set among rolling grasslands, clayton lake state park offers outstanding fishing. four state-record walleyes have been caught since 1980's with a record of 16 lbs. 9 oz! they have several duck species, including mallards, pintails, and teals, frequent the lake, canada geese and bald eagles are often seen. along the spillway, more than 500 dinosaur footprints have been preserved and identified. plant-eating and carnivorous dinosaurs, as well as some ancient crocodiles, made these prints. interpretive markers identify significant tracks and paleontological features on the walk. the best times to view the tracks are in the morning and late afternoon.

Conchas Lake State Park

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/Conchas.htm

Conchas lake state park offers a wide variety of water sport activities including boating, fishing and water-skiing at this refreshing, 25-mile long reservoir.

Coyote Creek State Park

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/CoyoteCreek.htm

Coyote creek state park is nestled in the sangre de cristo mountains along a meandering stream. enclosed by a forest of spruce and pine, the small valley displays abundant wildflowers and beautiful fall foliage. the park is ideal for fishing, family camping and leisurely nature walks.

Eagle Nest Lake State Park

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/EaglesNest.htm

Set in the scenic moreno valley and surrounded by two of the state's highest peaks, baldy mountain and wheeler peek, this 2,400-acre lake is known for its kokanee salmon and rainbow trout fishing.

Elephant Butte Lake State Park

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/elephant.htm

Encompassing the largest and most popular lake in new mexico, elephant butte lake state park provides camping, boating, water skiing, swimming, fishing, hiking and bird watching. the visitor center offers regional information and interpretive exhibits. southern new mexico’s mild climate makes this park a popular year-round destination.

El Vado Lake State Park

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/elvado.htm

Set in the scenic moreno valley and surrounded by two of the state's highest peaks, baldy mountain and wheeler peek, this 2,400-acre lake is known for its kokanee salmon and rainbow trout fishing.

Fenton Lake State Park

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/Fenton.htm

A popular year-round retreat surrounded by beautiful ponderosa pine forests, fenton lake state park features a cross-country ski and biathlon trail and wheelchair-accessible fishing platforms. prior to becoming a state park, fenton lake was purchased by state game and fish as a resting and nesting area for migratory waterfowl, and a refuge for other wildlife. now more of a fishing haven than a duck drop, waterfowl, turkey, deer, muskrat, elk and bobcat can still be observed.

Heron Lake State Park

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/heron.htm

A picturesque lake set among tall pines, heron lake state park has been designated a "quiet lake" where boats operate at no-wake speeds only. This park is known for its excellent sailing, kayaking and canoeing, fishing, cross-country skiing, and hiking.

Hyde Memorial State Park

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/Hyde.htm

Beautiful scenery, a quiet natural setting, and easy access make Hyde memorial state park a favorite picnic area, campground, respite, and base camp for excursion to the surrounding santa fe national forest.

Leasburg Dam State Park

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/leasburg.htm

A quiet desert oasis, this state park provides peace and relaxation, beautiful cactus gardens, several trails and opportunities for fishing and canoeing in the rio grande. leasburg dam, constructed in 1908, channels water from the rio grande for irrigation in the mesilla valley. nearby fort selden state monument has a museum and ruins at the site of a 19th century army outpost. special events at the park include "sky safaris" held a few times a year; local astronomers also lead star gazing sessions. there are petroglyph tours to area archeological sites held each october.

Living Desert Zoo State Park

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/LivingDesert.htm

Living desert zoo & gardens state park is an indoor/outdoor living museum displaying more than 40 native animal species and hundreds of succulent plants from around the world. while on the 1.3 mile self-guided tour, visitors discover many faces of the chihuahuan desert, from sand dunes and pygmy forest to the desert floor.

Manzano Mountains State Park

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/Manzano.htm

Nestled in the wooded foothills of the manzano (the spanish word for apple tree) mountains, manzano mountains state park is an excellent place for fishing, bird watching, photography, hiking and cross-country skiing.

Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/mesillavalley.htm

Mesilla valley bosque state park is new mexico's 34th state park, encompassing 300 acres of bosque (riverside forest) along the rio grande and 600 acres of adjacent chihuahuan desert. the park is a refuge for wildlife and a haven for people seeing the quiet enjoyment of nature.

Morphy Lake State Park

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/MorphyLake.htm

Hidden among a forest of pine trees, morphy lake state park is found at the end of a three mile road that is steep and may be rough at times. located in the heart of the sangre de cristo mountains, privacy is easily found throughout this secluded park.

Navajo Lake State Park

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/navajo.htm

Navajo lake is new mexico's second largest lake-more than 15,000 surface acres-and offers the full gamut of water sports and services.

Oasis State Park

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/Oasis.htm

A true oasis on the expansive, grassy plains of east central new mexico, oasis state park is set among cottonwood trees and shifting sand dunes. points of interest include a small fishing lake and prairie trails.

Oliver Lee State Park

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/oliverlee.htm

Set against the desert foot of the dramatic sacramento mountains, this park features historic exhibits and a fully restored 19th century ranch house.

Pancho Villa State Park

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/PanchoVilla.htm

On march 9, 1916, soldiers led by mexican gen. francisco “pancho” villa attacked the military camp at the sleepy border town of columbus, new mexico, killing 18 americans. this was the only ground invasion of the continental u.s. since 1812.
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