by Lillian Eva Lieske
CIMARRON — Last Thursday, July 19, the scenic road through Cimarron Canyon State Park re-opened, a favorite route to the villages of Eagle Nest, Red River, and Angel Fire. The canyon and state park give travelers and locals alike the opportunity to camp, fish, hike or relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. Local residents and businesses are hoping for a surge of travelers the area has been missing since the start of the Ute Park Fire that burned parts of the state park and the Philmont Scout Ranch upper areas.
Along with the current fire restrictions still in effect for all of the state, there are restrictions to the State park that all have to abide by. The Colin Neblett Wildlife management area has also re opened and Cimarron Canyon State park will still have in effect the Stage II Fire Restrictions.
Those restrictions, according to the issued press release from the State parks division, are as follows: Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal or, wood stove is prohibited. The use of devices fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG Fuels that can be turned on and off are allowed. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device. Smoking is prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
For more information on the rules and regulations of the state park please visit http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/