Clayton Lake State Park, New Mexico Camping & Hiking

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141 Clayton Lake Road
Clayton, NM 88415
Make a reservation on the New Mexico State Parks reservation website.



Camping Reservations

Reserve your campsite at these camping areas:

New Mexico Campgrounds

Hiking Trails

Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails:

New Mexico Hiking Trails

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More New Mexico Recreation Areas

The park is an oasis in the rolling grasslands of northeastern New Mexico. Get a unique glimpse of the past when you explore one of the most extensive dinosaur track-ways in North America and a close-up look at the stars at the Lake Observatory. The overlook at the end of the Clayton Lake Dam provides a large-scale view of over 800 dinosaur footprint tracks exposed on the spillway. An elevated walkway on the spillway allows close up views of the tracks, but is not a handicap accessible trail.

During the fishing season (which usually runs from March to October each year) the lake is a popular spot for anglers hoping to catch trout, catfish, bass, and walleye. Boats are allowed on the lake, but are restricted to trolling speeds. The lake is closed to fishing during the winter, when it serves as a stopover for waterfowl.

Clayton Lake State Park offers visitor center, camping, allows horseback riding (in designated areas), showers, group shelters, electric hookups, restrooms, boat ramps, fishing, trails, and RV pull through sites.

Park Elevation 5,186 ft
Make a reservation on the New Mexico State Parks reservation website.