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.
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.
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.
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