Sugarite Canyon

(Raton NM)
I camped for a couple of days at Sugarite Canyon, and did some hiking. There once was a coal mine and ‘company town’ that thrived for awhile. Now, it’s a state park with two small lakes, two campgrounds, and trails. It’s at high elevation and a pretty spot that’s popular in the summer.

Sugarite Canyon 1

Sugarite Canyon

Soda Pocket CG was two miles up a winding gravel road just below Bartlett Mesa and Little Horse Mesa. It had lots of trees, wild flowers, and good views. The other camp was lower in the canyon next to Lake Alice and amongst the trees.

Sugarite Canyon 2

Bartlett Mesa from Camp

Sugarite Canyon 3

Wildflowers on Vista Grande Trail

I hiked Vista Grande Nature Trail which was a loop up toward the mesa cliff. It had lots of wild flowers, and expansive views down the canyon. The other trail was along Chicorica Creek near the Vistor Center. Both were easy and pleasant. Many other trails were longer and more challenging.

Sugarite Canyon 4

Lake Maloya

Sugarite Canyon 5

Chicorica Creek

On my way out, I drove up to see Lake Maloya. There were lots of fishermen trying their luck along the shoreline, and a few picnic spots. I enjoyed my stay, even though it rained every day.

Camp: Sugarite Canyon SP-Soda Pocket CG drycamp
Scene: Cliffs, lakes, wildflowers, creek

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5 Responses to Sugarite Canyon

  1. Bradford Harris June 14, 2016 at 12:49 pm #

    What beautiful pictures. I would be one of the fisherman along the shore trying to catch a keeper. I’m guessing there are trout in that lake. It looks like a terrific place to camp and enjoy the outdoors!

    • Pleinguy June 14, 2016 at 1:04 pm #

      Yeah, I was thinking of you when I was there. It’s a great place! But, my itchy feet have to keep moving along.

  2. Bud Burke June 14, 2016 at 2:22 pm #

    Wow! We heard there was an LD in Soda Pocket right before we arrived. We’ve been here a week now and will stay one more. Just missed you!

    • Pleinguy June 14, 2016 at 2:50 pm #

      Gee! Sure would have been nice to meet you. Guess I really should stay put longer. But, you know about that hitch itch thing.

  3. Bud June 17, 2016 at 1:14 pm #

    Wow. We JUST missed you! We pulled into Sugarite on Tuesday, the 7th and were told by another couple that a Lazy Daze had just left. Must have been you? We love this spot. Decided to stay the full 2 weeks and have not been disappointed. Beautiful area for sure! I have a Blog on our visit if you’re interested. 🙂

    Take care and perhaps we’ll cross paths here in NM!
    Bud & Barbara

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