Local Attractions

Clayton and Northeastern New Mexico offer a variety of entertaining activities whether you’re just passing through, or staying longer.

Herzstein Memorial Museum

HerzsteinExperience a bit of the “Old West”. This museum will take you back in time! From dinosaurs to the adventures and tribulations of the Santa Fe Trail, justice revealed with the capture of the notorious Black Jack Ketchum, experience ground zero of the 1930 Dust Bowl Days and much more. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Winter) and 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Summer). Contact:  Toll Free: (888) 789-6641 Local: (575) 374-2977 or email at uchs@plateautel.net.

The Historic Luna Theater

lunaThe neon moon on the Luna Theater’s classic neon sign welcomes every visitor to Clayton’s historic main street. Located across the street from the Hotel Eklund, the Luna shows movies Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Tickets are $5 For Adults And $3 For 12 And Under. Movies start At 7:30 pm, box Office Opens At 7:00 pm.


Clayton Lake State Park

claytonlakeThe 170 acre lake provides outstanding fishing for rainbow trout, channel catfish, largemouth bass and walleye. 5 state record walleye have been caught out of Clayton Lake. Clayton Lake also has one of the most spectacular dinosaur track ways in the world. Over 500 tracks from several types of dinosaurs can be viewed from a boardwalk on the dam’s spillway.  Fees are $5  per vehicle.  Camping Fees are $8 – $14. Contact Charles Jordan (575) 374-8808 for more information.

Capulin Volcano National Monument

cauplinvolcano_top2Located 54 miles from Clayton, the park offers a variety of tours and extensive hiking against the backdrop of the Raton-Clayton volcanic field. The park is open 7 days a week (except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day) from 8:00 am – 5:30 pm (Summer) and 8:00 am – 4:30 pm (Winter).