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EVENTS & ACTIVITIES


FRIENDS hosts activities for children and adults at
both Eagle Nest Lake and in Cimarron Canyon. In 
addition, there are ongoing activities that include:
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Trail maintenance and development
  • Clean-up days

All events are subject to New Mexico State Park regulations.


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Polar Plunge and Stomp


January 1, 2024

Registration at 12:00 noon

Stomp at 1:00 pm

Plunge at 2:00 pm

Start the New Year off with the Polar Stomp along one of the Eagle Nest Lake flat trails. The Stomp should take about an hour depending on level of snow (snow depth will determine if you need to wear snow boots or snow shoes). Stomp begins at 1:00 pm. 


For those hearty souls looking to start their New Year off  with a chill, take the Polar Plunge into the ice cold waters of Eagle Nest Lake (conditions permitting). Shoes are required to take the Plunge. The first 90 Plungers will receive a complimentary T-shirt to commemorate their achievement.

There is no fee to register for either event, but the Polar Event Waiver-Release must be signed to participate. For those under age 18, the Waiver-Release must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. The usual
 $5 per vehicle State Park Day Use Fee will apply or show a current annual State Park pass. 

 

Both activities start at the Eagle Nest Lake State Park Visitor Center, 42 Marina Way, Eagle Nest NM 87718. Phone 575-377-1594 or see information at the following links for additional details:
 

The annual New Year's Day Polar Events are hosted by Friends of Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron Canyon State Parks in conjunction with New Mexico State Parks. 

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Ice Fishing Tournament

January 27, 2024

pending weather conditions

REGISTRATION: 6 a.m. - 11 a.m.

WHERE: Eagle Nest Lake State Park Visitor Center

END OF TOURNAMENT: You must be in line with your fish to be measured by 3:00 p.m.

See the attached links for additional information for the Ice Fishing Tournament.

The Ice Fishing Tournament at Eagle Nest Lake State Park is hosted by FRIENDS. 

Spring Clean Up Day

Cimarron River & Eagle Nest Lake
 
Saturday, May 4, 2024
in cooperation with Enchanted Circle Trout Unlimited
 

Join friends, fellow anglers, and conservationists to help us clean up our state park waters! Meet at 8:30 am at Eagle Nest Lake State Park Visitors Center parking lot. Dress appropriate for picking up trash, the weather and possibly getting wet. Bring drinking water and any snacks you want. Trash bags, trash buckets, trash picker tools and orange safety vests will be provided.  

See information flyer for more details.

 

Children's Fishing Derby


May 11, 2024

Free to all children ages 3-11 at the Gravel Pit Lakes in Maverick Campground in Cimarron Canyon State Park. Registration starts at 10:00 am.  Must be in fish judging line by 1:00 pm to have fish judged. New Mexico Fishing Regulations and $5 per vehicle Day Use Fees apply. For more information call 575-377-1594 or 575-377-6271.

Contest Rules:

  1. All entrants must be registered on a bona-fide entry form.
  2. Children must be 3-11 years old.
  3. Only trout taken from Gravel Pit Lakes are eligible.
  4. Free t-shirt to first 100 entrants.
  5. Entrants may be assisted in casting their line, however entrant must reel in their own fish and may only use one pole.
  6. Must be in fish judging line by 1:00 pm to have catch judged.
  7. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes are given in age groups 3-7 and 8-11.
  8. Children must be supervised by an adult.
  9. Entrant must be present to register and claim prizes.
     

Bring this entry form with you to sign up for the event.

Informational Flyer and Rules

 

The New Mexico Department of Game & Fish is a recognized sponsor for the Children's Fishing Derby providing fish in the Gravel Pit Ponds for this event. 

 

Cimarron Canyon State Park Directions

FRIENDS Support for Run for the Wall


May 17-18, 2024 

FRIENDS will be providing support for the military veterans participating in the motorcycle Run for the Wall event. Volunteers are needed in the following areas:

Week of May 13th: Place flags on Hwy 64

  • May 17: Greeting Veterans at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • May 17: Preparation and serving dinner to the Veterans at 5pm
  • May 18: Preparation and serving breakfast to the Veterans at 6am
     

For more information, contact the Village of Eagle Nest at 575-377-2486.


June 22, 2024 

National Trails Day Hike 

In observance of National Trails Day in June, Friends of Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron Canyon State Parks is coordinating a hike up Clear Creek Trail. 
 

Details:  

On Saturday June 22, 2024 (please note revised date from June 1)

9 AM meet at Clear Creek Trailhead at Hwy 64 Mile Marker 292 in Cimarron Canyon.  At 9:15 AM leave trailhead to hike Clear Creek Trail.
 

To register for this hike, please send an email to
FriendsENCCParks@gmail.com prior to May 30 with your name, contact information, and the number in your party.  No charge for the hike,  just need an approximate number of participants.  All NM State Park regulations apply.
 

Clear Creek Trail info: Moderate to moderately difficult - see pictures and more info at link below. 
Distance:  About 4-miles round trip passing three waterfalls.  But participants don't have to hike to the end unless they want to see the 3rd waterfall. 

Elevation Gain:  800 ft
 

From Eagle Nest, drive east on Hwy 64 to mile marker 292 in Cimarron Canyon and park near trail head.  Hiking Trail follows Clear Creek and crosses several log bridges.  A short section of the trail is steep and narrow.  The trail ends at the third waterfall and returns along the same route. 

 

For pictures and more information about the trail, go to The Clear Creek Trail in New Mexico website
 

Annual FRIENDS Summer Membership Drive, Board Elections and Potluck


July 18, 2024
 

Come see what FRIENDS is all about. Share your ideas and help us plan events for 2024-2025! Meeting time is from 5:30-6:30 pm at the Eagle Nest Lake State Park Visitor Center at 42 Marina Lane in Eagle Nest. 

FRIENDS will provide the main dish and iced tea for the potluck. Attendees are encouraged to bring a side dish or dessert to share.

 

If you would like to attend this meeting via Google Meet, please send an email to friendsenccparks@gmail.com no later than 24 hours prior to the meeting.
 

Friends is a volunteer membership organization that supports activities to enhance visitor experience at Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron Canyon State Parks. Annual Membership Fee $30 (includes immediate family). Active Members receive a Day-Use Pass for Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron Canyon State Parks.

 

7th Annual Eagle Fest

 

August, 2024

Join Eagle Nest as we celebrate our 7th Annual EagleFest in August 2024. Enjoy a weekend of Hot Air Balloons, music, your favorite vendors and much more.  Events will be held at the Enchanted Eagle Park in Eagle Nest, NM and hosted by the Village of Eagle Nest. Bring your family and friends for a weekend of fun.

For  details, call 575-377-2486 or visit eaglenest.org.

Fall Clean Up Day

Cimarron River & Eagle Nest Lake


September, 2024

Join friends, fellow anglers, and conservationists to help us clean up our state park waters! Meet at 8:30 am at Eagle Nest Lake State Park Visitors Center parking lot. Dress appropriate for picking up trash, the weather and possibly getting wet. Bring drinking water and any snacks you want. Trash bags, trash buckets, trash picker tools and orange safety vests will be provided.  This fun clean up day includes lunch and trash picking prizes at the Lucky Shoe in Eagle Nest!

EVENTS AT EAGLE NEST LAKE 

HOSTED BY OTHER ORGANIZATIONS


Firemen's BBQ & EMT 911 Sundaes
4th of July in Eagle Nest
Fireworks over the Lake

 

July 4, 2024

 

The Firemen's BBQ, Parade and Fireworks in Eagle Nest are on schedule.

The 44th Annual Eagle Nest Volunteer Fire Department BBQ Benefit will feature BBQ beef, beans, coleslaw, rolls and the 911 Desserts by the area's best bakers. Serving time is from 11:00am to 4:00pm or until the food runs out.  The 911 Sundaes proceeds benefit the Eagle Nest EMT/Ambulance Service.

In addition, enjoy the 46th year for Fireworks over Eagle Nest Lake at dark (around 9:00pm) that can be viewed throughout the area.

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FRIENDS OF EAGLE NEST LAKE AND

CIMARRON CANYON STATE PARKS

PO Box 3, Eagle Nest NM 87718

friendsenccparks@gmail.com

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