About 16 mi southeast of Red River, NM 38 leads to the small village of Eagle Nest, the home of Eagle Nest Lake State Park. This 2,400-acre lake is one of the state's top spots for kokanee salmon and rainbow trout fishing as well as a favorite venue for boating; there are two boat ramps on the lake's northwest side. You may also spy elk, bears, mule deer, and even reclusive mountain lions around this rippling body of water, which in winter is popular for snowmobiling and
ice fishing. Camping is not permitted.
Thousands of acres of national forest surround rustic Eagle Nest, population 189, elevation 8,090 feet. The shops and other buildings here evoke New Mexico's mining heritage, while a 1950s-style diner, Kaw-Lija's, serves a memorable burger; you can also grab some takeout food in town and bring it to Eagle Nest Lake for a picnic.