Coal miners from 19 different countries came to live and work in Sugarite, a small coal town, near Raton, NM, between 1908 and 1941. Today it is a New Mexico State Park with historical exhibits and about 14 miles of hiking trails. There are two lakes, Lake Alice and Lake Maloya, in the park. Camping, boating, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding are activities that are enjoyed at the park.
The park features heavily wooded mountains and meadows filled with wildflowers. It is situated at the border of the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains.
We hiked the Lake Maloya and part of the Opportunity Trail. As a dog-friendly park, our dog thoroughly enjoyed her day here - as much as we did.
Sadie, me, Lake Maloya and the beautiful backdrop of forests and bluffs.
Sadie kicking up her hind legs! She loved the lake.
And this is my favorite view.
The northern most point of Lake Maloya is in Colorado so you can walk from NM to CO and back!
We are both rejuvenated with reconnecting with nature after so many, many years of working in a corporate (indoor) setting. We are very much looking forward to plans to see portions of CO, SD, WY, MT, and AZ over the next several months.
Admission to the park for a day pass is $5 per vehicle. There is a self-pay envelope and box at the entrance. You must display the receipt on your windshield. Enjoy!