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Clayton Lake State Park

141 Clayton Lake Rd., Clayton, New Mexico 88415 USA

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“See the Remnants of Dinosaurs!”

The park is an oasis in the rolling grasslands of northeastern New Mexico.  Enjoy picnicking, camping, fishing, and hiking.  Get a unique glimpse of the past with more than 500 dinosaur footprints. With lakes and rivers, New Mexico is the place to find your adventure whether it be motorboating, sailing, kayaking, rafting or canoeing. There are many State Parks that allow you to swim. Make sure to call the park directly for changes in designated waters and seasonal closures. We do not recommend cliff diving as New Mexico's terrain is very rocky in and out of water. Please remember to always where your life jackets!

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Nancy Sewell

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March 10, 2016

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February 29, 2016
Rated 5.0

Gorgeous park with lots of space for camping. Only stayed the night, so no time for Dino footprints or hiking but the stay was great.

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May 29, 2021

We just popped in to look at the Dino tracks. It was worth the stop. It is very peaceful and quiet and the drive off of the main highway is very scenic. It was a short hike to the tracks. Would be a nice peaceful camping spot.

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April 18, 2021
Rated 5.0

I wish we had known about the dinosaur tracks when we camped here in May 2018! We only stayed for one night, but the lake was absolutely gorgeous and our campsite had an amazing view. We will definitely be going back.

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August 01, 2020

Went here last year and loved it! Went back today but due to COVID, the park is only open to NM residents. Total bummer 😔

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October 01, 2019

Really nice lake! Dinosaur tracks were pretty cool. There’s also a nice (and easy) hiking trail in the NE side of the park. Beautiful stars!! Day use $5, Camping $10. Bring cash!

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June 22, 2019
Rated 5.0

The dinosaur tracks are really cool. The state did a great job of building a cool walkway to view them. Very nice walk to get down to see them. This is a great stop off the beaten path.

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August 07, 2018

The ranger was friendly, the bathrooms were clean. And the hike was easy to the dinosaur tracks. We enjoyed looking and learning, and the drive in was enjoyable.

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Clayton Lake State Park

141 Clayton Lake Rd.
Clayton, New Mexico
88415 USA

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