Phased Reopening of State Parks, Lakes

Coronavirus New Mexico

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department’s State Parks Division has announced overnight use and campgrounds will remain closed through July 15. Group shelters continue to remain closed and all events have been canceled. There is a total of 31 State Parks that are currently open.

Additionally, many of the reopened State Parks will have capacity limits.

State Parks/Lakes Open for Day-Use Only & Only to Residence of New Mexico

Out-of-state visitors are prohibited from visiting New Mexico State Parks per the amended Health Order as of July 13.

Visitors must show one of the following to demonstrate residency:

  • Valid New Mexico license plate,
  • New Mexico driver’s license or ID card,
  • New Mexico vehicle registration,
  • Federal document attesting to residency, or
  • Military identification

Open for Day-use Only

  1. Caballo Lake State Park
  2. Cerrillos Hills State Park
  3. Cimarron Canyon State Park
  4. City of Rocks State park
  5. Clayton Lake & Dinosaur Trackways
  6. Conchas Lake State Park
  7. Coyote Creek State Park
  8. Brantley Lake State Park
  9. Bottomless Lakes State Park
  10. Eagle Nest Lake State Park
  11. Elephant Butte Lake State Park
  12. El Vado State Park
  13. Heron Lake State Park
  14. Hyde Memorial State Park
  15. Leasburg State Park
  16. Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
  17. Mesilla Valley Bosque
  18. Navajo Lake State Park
  19. Oasis State Park
  20. Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
  21. Pancho State Park
  22. Percha Dam State Park
  23. Pecos Canyon State Park
  24. Santa Rosa Lake State Park
  25. Storrie Lake State Park
  26. Sugarite Canyon State Park
  27. Sumner Lake State Park
  28. Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
  29. Rockhound State Parks
  30. Ute Lake State Park
  31. Villanueva State Park

State Parks/Lakes that Remain Closed

  1. Bluewater Lake
  2. Bottomless Lakes
  3. City of Rocks
  4. Conchas Lake
  5. Eagle Nest Lake
  6. Elephant Butte Lake
  7. El Vado Lake
  8. Fenton Lake
  9. Heron Lake
  10. Hyde Memorial
  11. Leasburg Dam
  12. Living Desert Zoo & Gardens
  13. Manzano Mountains
  14. Morphy Lake
  15. Pecos Canyon
  16. Percha Dam
  17. Rio Grande Nature Center
  18. Santa Rosa Lake
  19. Sugarite Canyon

The remaining State Parks will be opened in later phases. To decrease person-to-person interaction, day-use fees will be waived and visitors with overnight camping reservations through July 15 will be given a refund.

EMRD states that the phased reopening considers multiple factors such as availability of park staff and resources, characteristics of the park, and the availability to social distance. The public is encouraged to visit parks near their homes in an effort to reduce traveling for the protection of other communities.

The use of State Parks will be managed by park staff in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Information will also be posted throughout the parks.

EMRD says that State Parks is committed to making sure facilities are clean and will take additional precautions to enhance their cleanliness. Days and hours of park day-use openings will vary and the public is asked to visit the State Parks website before visiting.

EMRD asks visitors to verify the following information ahead of your visit:

  • State Parks that are open for day-use access and hours of operation
  • Visitor capacity guidelines for each State Park
  • Social distancing information
  • Restrictions to group size
  • Available facilities
  • Park visitor etiquette
  • Useful supplies to have on hand such as personal cleaning and sanitation products

Other restrictions to State Parks include:

  • Hours of operation may be limited
  • No overnight park use
  • Water access and trails will be open however, access may be limited due to social distancing
  • Comfort stations are closed in order to ensure social distancing; vault toilets are open
  • No group shelter use or large organized events
  • Playgrounds are closed
  • No campfires or open fires allowed
  • Limited concession operations

New Mexico Coronavirus Resource Guide

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