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The Incredibly Unique State Park You’ll Only Find In New Mexico

During the 1950s, Seneca Creek was dammed to create Clayton Lake, located 12 miles north of the northeastern New Mexican town of Clayton. And that should have been the end of the story. People would have trekked out to this peaceful place to enjoy a little boating, fishing, camping or wildlife watching. All of those activities continue to happen. However, a 1982 flood revealed a whole other dimension to this unique state park.

In addition to the Dinosaur Trackway, the park’s other unusual feature is a gold-credentialed International Dark Sky astronomy observatory.

Next time you want to contemplate the epic history of Earth and our Universe, head to this one-of-a-kind state park.

The address is: 141 Clayton Lake Road, Clayton. As with all New Mexico state parks, there is a $5 fee per car.

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Juliet White
Staff writer for Only In Your State and freelance writer. Juliet can be reached on Twitter @JulietWrites.