Sat. Jul 20th, 2024

OVERNIGHT CAMPING STILL OFF THE TABLE IN NM

Today, the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department’s State Parks Division announced that overnight use and campgrounds will remain closed through September 18th.

Limitations still in place include:

Limitations on Visitors

  • Anyone coming to New Mexico from out of state must self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • Only New Mexico residents may enter New Mexico State Parks.
  • Visitors must show either a valid New Mexico license plate, a New Mexico driver’s license or ID card, a New Mexico vehicle registration, a federal document attesting to residency, or a military ID to be admitted to a state park.

Additional Guidance

  • 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 10 people or fewer
  • Bring hand sanitizer and additional personal protective equipment
  • Maintain social distance of 6 feet or more while recreating
  • Parks are open for day-use only
  • Visitor centers and shower facilities remain closed
  • 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

31 state parks will remain open for day-use only, including on Labor Day. Some parks are operating under reduced hours.

If anyone has been issued an overnight camping reservation through mid-September, it will be refunded, according to officials.

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