If you're a nature enthusiast who loves taking your dog on long hikes or walks with you, Sugarite Canyon State Park is a place where you should go. Located in the New Mexico border near Raton and just south of Colorado, the park an abundance of butterflies, wildlife, birds, and meadows. The area also boasts of a plethora of outdoor activities such as horseback riding, camping, hunting, fishing, boating, and hiking.
Campfires are prohibited in the park due to extreme fire danger. There is an accessible toilet in the camping grounds for those who would like to use it. As this state park is dog-friendly but is not dedicated to canines, the area and paths are shared by pet parents, their pets, hikers, bikers, and the general public. It is a must for furbabies to be on a leash at all time that is not more than 10 feet in length.
There are no different areas for large and small dogs, so dogs of all sizes and breeds must learn to get along with each other. Pet parents must have constant supervision of their furbabies so that everyone can enjoy the Sugarite Canyon State Park. No scooper bags are available. It is the responsibility of pet parents to bring some for their use and dispose of dog waste properly.
The excellent climbing offered by Sugarite makes it a favorite of rock climbers too. If you want a quiet place, you never have to worry about crowds in the Sugarite Canyon State Park. It has never been an issue, and it is more common to see sightings of wild turkeys, bears, and other wildlife compared to sightings of climbers. A reservation is a must for those who would like to camp and stay the night, and there is a fee of $10. There is no additional fee if you would want to take Spike with you.