Clayton Lake State Park is home to some fascinating ancient history, namely one of the longest dinosaur "trackways" on the continent! Many of these paleological sites are still under investigation, so it is always possible that you will see scientists digging away as you explore this beautiful scenery with your canine companion.
Hiking is lovely here, with 1.4 miles of trails to explore. These trails are primarily paved and do not present much of a challenge. They do however provide some excellent views of Clayton Lake, as well as the surrounding rock walls. These trails are also interactive, which means you can learn something new every time to explore them. Dogs are welcome on these trails, provided they stay on a 6-foot leash or shorter.
Doggie bag stations can be found at the entrances of each path, so make sure to clean up after your pet! Due to the deep waters of Lake Clayton, boating is incredibly popular here. You are welcome to bring whatever boat you may own, as long as you heed the seasonal water hours. These are posted on the New Mexico State Parks website. Canoes and kayaks are also welcome here, provided you stay relatively close to the shore.
Speaking of the water, fishing is another sport regularly seen in Clayton Lake State Park. No rental equipment is offered on the grounds, so make sure you come prepared if you're planning a trip. Canines are welcome on the shore, provided they stay leashed up at all times.
If you'd like to spend the night, there are five different campgrounds with plenty of options available for you to enjoy. There are 26 total developed campsites, seven of which have full water, and nine of which have both water and electric. Group campsites are also available for rental. For more information on these sites and their availability, visit the New Mexico State Parks website.