New Mexico has quite a number of truly beautiful state parks. While most state parks are centered around lakes and aquatic activities, some state parks are in the mountains, some among the enchanted mesas and at least one is in the eastern grasslands. Then there's the state parks and state monuments that preserve and commemorate historic and cultural sites and events, such as Pancho Villa State Park, site of the famous Pancho Villa raid on southern New Mexico back in 1916. And there's also the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park in Albuquerque with its' visitor center displays and three-mile nature walk along the river, totally surrounded by the city. New Mexico's State Parks offer something for everyone.

Lake Maloya
Lake Maloya, Sugarite State Park