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Clayton Lake State Park

Clayton Lake State Park in northeastern New Mexico is famous for its dinosaur trackways, supposedly the most extensive in North America. It is a place of rolling grasslands, volcanic rocks, and sandstone bluffs on the edge of the American Great Plains. Its high elevation of 5,186 feet (1.6 km) above sea level makes conditions ideal for stargazing. The lake…read more »

Clayton Lake State Park in northeastern New Mexico is famous for its dinosaur trackways, supposedly the most extensive in North America. It is a place of rolling grasslands, volcanic rocks, and sandstone bluffs on the edge of the American Great Plains. Its high elevation of 5,186 feet (1.6 km) above sea level makes conditions ideal for stargazing. The lake observatory hosts star parties and is open to visits, but the campground requires booking ahead of time. An EarthSky reader says: “It is beautiful. Declared a gold-tier dark sky park by the International Dark-Sky Association.”

Deborah Byrd