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IMPORTANT - PLEASE NOTE: To make your visit more enjoyable, please comply with all NM State Park and Wilderness Area rules and regulations, including appropriate passes and permits. More information go to our Parks Use Regulations page! (http://www.enl-cc-parkfriends.org/parksuse.htm)

100th Anniversary of Eagle Nest Dam!

Eagle Nest Dam and Lake is a story of our true western heritage, built from a dream of two brothers, Frank and Charles Springer. Early in the beginning of the 20th century, Frank and "Charlie" saw the need to provide a consistent supply of water not only for the surrounding ranches and farms but also for mining and irrigation projects for the surrounding communities. What better way than to corral the water from snowmelt that flowed for eons unchecked out of Moreno Valley that caused periodic disastrous floods. In 1906, the Springers first made application to the Territorial Engineer to build a dam; the approval of which took ten years. Construction on the dam was finally started in 1916, financed entirely by Frank, with Charles in charge of the entire project through to its completion in 1918.

Ongoing and Seasonal Activities / Events June thru September

    • Dam Tours on land by Enchanted Circle Gateway Museum 575-377-1504

    • Dam Tours on boat by NM State Parks 575-377-1594

    • Dam Tours on boat by Eagle Nest Adventures 575-252-3252

    • Gold Panning Excursions by Enchanted Circle Gateway Museum 575-377-6700

    • Self-guided flora and fauna trail walks around Eagle Nest Lake 575-377-1594

    • Fridays - June 16 thru Sept 8

      • Farmer's Market in Eagle Nest - 575-377-6188

Area Activities  /  Events

    • April 8, 2017

      • Wild Turkey Interpretive Program by NM State Parks Personnel at Palisades Day Use Area in Cimarron Canyon State Park 575-377-1594

    • April 22, 2017

      • Trout Interpretive Program by NM State Parks Personnel at Eagle Nest Lake State Park Group Shelter 575-377-1594

    • May 13, 2017

      • Children's Fishing Derby in Cimarron Canyon State Park  575-377-6271

      • Mule Deer Interpretive Program by NM State Parks Personnel at Eagle Nest Lake State Park Group Shelter 575-377-1594

    • June 1, 2017

      • Eagle Nest Lake Shore Cleanup. www.enl-cc-parkfriends.org 575-377-3010

    • June 3, 2017

      • National Trails Day Hike in Cimarron Canyon. 575-377-3010

      • Outdoor Orienteering & Survival by NM State Parks Personnel at Clear Creek Day Use Area in Cimarron Canyon State Park. 575-377-1594

    • June 16-18, 2017

    • June 17, 2017

    • July 1, 2017

      • Coyote Interpretive Program by NM State Parks Personnel at Eagle Nest Lake State Park Group Shelter. 575-377-1594

    • 4th of July Extravaganza in Eagle Nest

      • Vendors, Music and More. 575-377-2420

      • Enchanted Circle Gateway Museum steps back into history 575-377-1504

      • Firemen's BBQ and 911 Desserts 575-377-2486

      • Parade and carnival-type games 575-377-2420

      • Fireworks over Eagle Nest Lake at Dark 575-377-2420

    • July 15, 2017

      • Summer Visitors to Eagle Nest Lake - Pelicans and other birds presented by NM State Parks Personnel at Eagle Nest Lake State Park. 575-377-1594

    • July 29, 2017

      • Flower and Insect Walk interpretive Program presented by NM State Parks Personnel at Eagle Nest Lake State Park Group Shelter. 575-377-1594

    • Jul 29-30, 2017

      • High Country Arts and Crafts Festival 575-377-2420

    • July 30, 2017

      • Firemen cook and serve pancakes at the firehouse 575-377-2486

    • July - check website for date

    • August 12, 2017

      • Eagle Fest in downtown Eagle Nest

      • River Roundup for trash in Cimarron Canyon State Park 575-377-6271

      • Mountain Lions Interpretive Program presented by NM State Parks Personnel at Eagle Nest Lake State Park Group Shelter. 575-377-1594

    • August 26, 2017

      • Fish of Eagle Nest Lake Interpretive Program presented by NM State Parks Personnel at Eagle Nest Lake State Park Group Shelter. 575-377-1594

    • September 2-10, 2017

      • Fishfest fishing tournament for cash and merchandise prizes 575-377-6941

    • September 9, 2017

      • Rocky Mountain Elk Interpretive Program presented by NM State Parks Personnel at Eagle Nest Lake State Park Group Shelter. 575-377-1594

    • September 23, 2017

      • Hiking in Hunting Area Safety and Information presented by NM State Parks Personnel at Eagle Nest Lake State Park Group Shelter. 575-377-1594



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Eagle Nest Lake State Park Visitor Center
42 Marina Way
Eagle Nest, NM 87718
575-377-1594

Cimarron Canyon State Park Visitor Center
28869 Highway 64
Eagle Nest, NM 87718
575-377-6271
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