Cimarron Canyon State Park in a long, narrow stretch of land that winds through the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway. These preserved forest landscapes primarily follow the Cimarron River and it flows southwest. While these waters tend to be a little too shallow for canoeing or kayaking, fishing is quite popular here.
Due to it being a state park, engaging in the sport doesn't require a license. Spots are limited, however, so make sure to show up early if you intend on making a day of it. Canines are allowed along the shoreline, provided you clean up after them. However, if you just can't resist a bit of boating, there are two adjacent lakes with proper depth for watersports.
If you're looking to do a bit if camping, Cimarron Canyon has you covered! 50 traditional campsites are available for a small rental fee throughout the warmer months, and most of these are situated right on the river. Dogs are allowed, but keep in mind that the camping sites here have a strict 9 PM quiet time.
Cimarron also hosts some pretty epic hiking, with roughly 3 miles of trails reaching some of the highest elevations in New Mexico at 7,876 feet! Due to the popularity of these trails, the gates are sometimes closed for upkeep and maintenance. The New Mexico State website has a complete list of those that are closed. Canines are allowed on these trails, but park officials suggest bringing extra water and a fully charged cell phone if you're going to brave the summer elements.
Due to the strange geological formations that make up the canyon, this park is also a great place for birdwatching. A lot of species use the natural holes and caves in the canyon faces for nesting, so if you come through with your canine for a walk make sure to take a peek!
As a general rule, dogs are allowed in all New Mexico state parks, save for the Living Desert and Rio Grande Nature Center State Parks, as these are preservation lands for a lot of endangered wildlife. Park officials urge dog owners to take care of any waste their animal may leave behind.