Coyote Creek 50th Anniversary

     Coyote Creek State Park is nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains along a meandering stream. Enclosed by a spruce and pine forest at 7.667 feet, the small valley displays abundant wildflowers and beautiful fall foliage. The park is ideal for fly fishing, camping, hiking and birding. 

     The park’s 50th anniversary celebration, hosted by the Coyote Creek team with the collaboration of many great organizations around town, had over 500 attendees this year, and people loved the many entertainment options, including a special fish stocking provided by New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

     According to Donovan Velasques, there were introductions by Superintendent Christopher Vigil, with Deputy Director Toby Velasquez, Former Employee/Historian, Joseph Griego, and Director Christy Tafoya as featured speakers.

      A casting contest and bean bag toss contest for three different age groups offered first, second, and third place prizes f


or each age group. Free hot dogs, chips, and water kept  appetites satisfied.

     The Department of Game and Fish Poach Coach, Mora National Fish Hatchery, Los De Mora Local Growers, Mora Arts and 

Cultural Compound, New Mexico State Parks Interpretive Ranger Pat Walsh, New Mexico State Parks Marketing, and Friends of Eagle Nest and Cimarron State Parks had interpretive booths to share information about their programs.

      Individuals who won the Casting and Bean Bag Toss contests received prizes, and a raffle offered a number of prizes. A trail hike with New Mexico State Parks Ranger Pat Walsh was an excellent ending for the celebration.

Many thanks to Park Ranger Specialist, Donovan Velasques for contributing to this post.


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