Eagle Nest Lake State Park is New Mexico's newest state park. At 8,300 feet in elevation, Eagle Nest Lake State Park offers a cool retreat from the summer heat for fisherman, boaters and wildlife enthusiasts. An abundance of animals—elk, bear, mule deer, eagles, turkeys and other birds—inhabit the area, making Eagle Nest Lake an ideal location for wildlife viewing. In the winter, ice fishing and snowmobiling are popular sports when ice thickness permits. Eagle Nest Lake State Park is located 32 miles east of Taos and surrounding communities include Eagle Nest, Angel Fire, Red River and Cimarron.