New Mexico State Parks and Historic Sites


  • Smokey Bear State Historic Site
  • City of Rocks State Park
  • Caballo Lake State Park
  • Navajo Lake State Park
  • In Cimarron Canyon State Park

New Mexico has quite a number of truly beautiful state parks. While most state parks are centered around lakes and aquatic activities, some state parks are in the mountains, some among the enchanted mesas and at least one is in the eastern grasslands. Then there's the state parks and state monuments that preserve and commemorate historic and cultural sites and events, such as Pancho Villa State Park, site of the famous Pancho Villa raid on southern New Mexico back in 1916. And there's also the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park in Albuquerque with its visitor center displays and three-mile nature walk along the river, totally surrounded by the city. New Mexico's State Parks offer something for everyone.

New Mexico State Monuments have become State Historic Sites with a significantly lower support level from the state as the majority Republican government has sought to lower expenses by reducing services.

Lake Maloya
Lake Maloya, Sugarite State Park
New Mexico State Parks location map

New Mexico State Parks and Historic Sites

 
Eagle Nest Lake State Park
Eagle Nest Lake State Park, Wheeler Peak in the distance
 
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