If you're heading to New Mexico for your next getaway with your pupper, follow the Cimarron River through the rocky terrain to land at Cimarron Canyon. This state park is noted for its access to the river among a forest of Ponderosa pines. What makes it even better is that this little slice of natural heaven stays fairly vacant all year round.
The facilities at the Cimarron Canyon campground include 29 sites available for reservation, several of which are large enough for RVs and 2 of which are wheelchair accessible. None of the lots at this park offer hookups of any kind, and they prohibit the dumping of any grey water. Each site comes with a picnic table and fire ring along with access to drinking water. A New Mexico Camping Permit is needed for overnight stays, and sites cost $10 per night. Annual passes are also available for those who frequent the area.
Most who visit here are drawn by the fish that swim in the Cimarron River. Join them and try your luck at fly fishing for various types of trout along the river and its creeks. If fishing is not your thing, head out on one of the many trails that run through the canyon (and make for great places to picnic). For the hardcore outdoors-person, the rest of the Colin Neblett Wilderness Area is right at your fingertips, waiting to be explored.
Four-legged visitors are welcome here, provided they stay on a leash that is a maximum of 10 feet in length. The park also asks owners to prevent their doggos from barking excessively and to clean up all pet waste their woofer leaves behind. Never leave your pooch unattended here, as there are bears in the canyon. Because of these large animals, it is also important to store all food and toiletries hidden in your vehicle throughout your stay.
If a camping trip into New Mexico's largest wilderness sounds like your cup of tea, head to Cimarron Canyon for your next adventure!