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This Little Known Natural Oasis Is Hiding In New Mexico…And You’re Going To Love It

Cimarron Canyon State Park lies between Eagle Nest and the town of Cimarron, in Northeastern New Mexico. Here you’ll find the Cimarron River, tumbling through a canyon flanked by dramatic rock walls. In this tranquil park, with its soundtrack of rushing water, it’s easy to leave the real world behind.

There are a few things to remember when visiting:

Hiking requires a GAIN (Gaining Access Into Nature) permit, which costs $9 per person. This grants you access to places in New Mexico that were previously off-limits.

Before fishing, be sure to acquire a license.

Everyone needs to pay a day use fee of $5.

Isn’t Cimarron Canyon a stunning place to visit? If you’ve been here, what did you think?

Juliet White
New Mexico staff writer for Only In Your State and freelance writer. A committed travel junkie, Juliet has lived on two continents, but believes that the sunsets in New Mexico are the best. She can be reached on Twitter @JulietWrites.