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Clayton Lake State Park

141 Clayton Lake Road

The park is an oasis in the rolling grasslands of northeastern New Mexico. Enjoy boating, picnicking, camping, fishing and hiking. Get a unique glimpse of the past when you explore one of the most extensive dinosaur trackways in North America and a close-up look at the stars at the Lake Observatory. 

Park Features: 

  • Camping
  • Boating
  • Hiking
  • Birding
  • Fishing
  • Equestrian


Foster Anderson

Saturday, May 26, 2018
The dinosaur tracks are great! Pay the ranger $5 when you get there to get a day permit. It's a short hike around the lake and across the dam to see the tracks. Fishing, boating, picnicking, and camping are also options. Not many facilities. Restrooms are outhouse style.

Steve Shepherd

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Nice state park. Clean with showers and bathrooms. Nice quiet place except when the fish derby is going on during the second weekend of June. If you like way out west, this is for you.

Ginger Lewman

Monday, April 23, 2018
Walked across the dam to the spillway and the dino tracks. TOTALLY worth the trip out. Good info and display there. The path was also a nice easy walk (with restroom facilities at the trailhead) and we saw LOTS of wildlife along the way (kingfishers, rock squirrels, etc).

John Stowell

Friday, March 23, 2018
Interesting man made lake and walk to see dinosaur tracks. It costs to do the walk and the visitor centre was closed so we couldn't get cash out to pay correctly - this was on a Tuesday afternoon.

larry maass

Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018
This place is amazing. You don't expect to see something like this when driving through the high desert then you come around a curve and there it is. Beautiful scenery, clear water, cheap camping and more stars at night than you can count.

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