Camping & COVID: What New Mexico State Parks, Lakes are Open

Coronavirus New Mexico

State Parks make changes to comply with current Public Health Order

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Overnight camping in most State Parks begins October 1. State Parks will be open by reservations to camping for New Mexico residents only. The current Public Health Order expires Nov. 13, 2020.

  • Reservations from out-of-state visitors will be canceled and refunded through November 13, 2020. 
  • Camping will be available by online reservation only; a valid New Mexico license plate will be required to complete your transaction.

Out-of-state visitors are prohibited from visiting New Mexico State Parks

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
  • Military identification

State Parks Open for Camping

  • Bluewater Lake State Park
  • Bottomless Lakes State Park
  • Caballo Lake State Park
  • Cimarron Canyon State Park
  • City of Rocks State Park
  • Clayton Lake and Dinosaur Trackways State Park
  • Conchas Lake State Park
  • Coyote Creek State Park
  • Eagle Nest Lake State Park
  • Elephant Butte Lake State Park
  • Fenton Lake State Park
  • Heron Lake State Park
  • Hyde Memorial State Park
  • Leasburg State Park
  • Oasis State Park
  • Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
  • Pancho State Park
  • Percha Dam State Park
  • Rockhound State Park
  • Santa Rosa Lake State Park
  • Ute Lake State Park
  • Sumner Lake State Park
  • Storrie Lake State Park
  • Sugarite Canyon State Park
  • Villanueva State Park

State Parks Open for Day Use Only

  • Brantley Lake State Park
  • Cerrillos Hills State Park
  • El Vado State Park
  • Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park
  • Mesilla Valley Bosque
  • Pecos Canyon State Park
  • Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

State Parks that are Closed

  • Manzano Mountains State Park
  • Morphy Lake State Park

Camping Guidelines

  • Wearing a mask or cloth face covering is mandatory in public settings except when eating, drinking, or swimming or unless a healthcare provider instructs otherwise, and violators could face citations and $100 fines for not complying voluntarily.
  • Keep groups to 5 people or less
  • Bring hand sanitizer and additional personal protective equipment
  • Maintain social distance of 6 feet or more while recreating
  • Visitor centers and shower facilities remain closed
  • An online reservation is required to camp
  • No campfires or open fires
  • Water access and trails will be open, but access may be limited to adhere to social distancing requirements
  • No group shelter use or large organized events, in accordance with continued restrictions on mass gatherings
  • Playgrounds closed
  • To limit interactions, please use exact change when paying fees
  • Limited concession operations
  • Recreate responsibly and pack out all trash
  • Follow all safety guidelines when boating or swimming

New Mexico Coronavirus Resource Guide

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