New Mexico State Park Hosts Butterfly Festival

Jun 21, 2012

A state park in northeastern New Mexico is hosting a butterfly festival that was canceled last year because of a wildfire. Sugarite Canyon State Park near Raton is holding its Bodacious Butterfly Festival on Friday through Sunday.

Visitors can take walks with local experts to identify butterflies, which should include silver-spotted Skippers, Clouded Suphurs and a local specialty called the Raton Mesa fritillary.

The park is about five miles northeast of Raton.

A wildfire burned a portion of the park last year. The Track fire charred nearly 44 square miles along the New Mexico-Colorado border, forcing the closure of Interstate 25 between Raton and Trinidad, Colorado, and requiring the evacuation of several hundred residents from the mountains north of Raton.