Lost Creek Falls
name- Lost Creek Falls
GPS coordinates- ±36°31.606’N 105°08.400’W
season- May is best
accommodations- Cimarron Canyon State Park
ownership- State of New Mexico
access- 1½ mile …not too bad of a bushwhack hike with fairly decent game trails.
nearest town- Eagle Nest is 8 miles west of here and Ute Park is 4 miles east of here.
fun fact- Support our State Parks…. Buy an annual State Parks Pass….!!!! It’s a worthy cause.
The closest pullout to park near Lost Creek is at Mile 294.4, just west of Hwy 64 bridge over the Cimarron River. Walk east back over the bridge and as you cross the bridge look upstream. You will see Lost Creek as it conflues with the Cimarron River. Head south, up that creek… with your bushwhacking britches on.
HEY….. Support a worthy cause and BUY an annual State Parks Pass…. It cost 40 bucks… just do it … it will feel good….. and it makes parking your car along Hwy 64 in Cimarron Canyon actually legal. Help support our State Parks system. At least buy a Day Pass. A day pass Costs 5 bucks.
…AND …there is one more legality that you really should know. When you walk up any trail in Cimarron Canyon State Park you are trespassing. Because Cimarron Canyon State Park is actually a very thin narrow corridor of land ±100 yards wide and about 8 miles long. Once you are more than 50 yards up the mountain from either the Cimarron River or Highway 64, without warning land ownership changes to Colin Neblett Wildlife Management Area.
To be legal the State of New Mexico says you must have one of three things. A hunting license during hunting season or a fishing license during fishing season or an access permit called a GAIN permit. An annual GAIN permit costs $19 for an adult resident of New Mexico and they are available for purchase anywhere hunting and fishing licenses are sold.
How many hoops can you jump thru on your way to a waterfall…??? Do it with an American smile.
one mile = approximately 2.5 inches
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