- Category: Resources
- Published: Wednesday, 18 March 2020 16:30
Due to concerns for public health and safety amid the spread of the coronavirus, many public lands managed by federal and state agencies across New Mexico are closing or restricting certain activities. These lists will be updated as we learn more, so please check back periodically for more information.
In accordance with stay-at-home instructions issued by New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, please limit your group size for any recreational activities on New Mexico public lands to no more than five individuals. Additionally, please maintain a distance of at least six feet between yourself and other individuals on public lands.
Public Lands Managed by State Agencies
- The New Mexico State Parks Division has closed all public lands until April 9, 2020. Read more.
Public Lands Managed by Federal Agencies
- All developed recreation sites on New Mexico's national forests, including restrooms and group campgrounds, have closed. Some forms of recreation are still available. View an interactive map of those available activities here.
- All public rooms and visitors centers on sites managed by the Bureau of Land Management have closed. Most hiking trails, however, remain open. Contact information for each BLM field office in New Mexico is availale here.
- Chaco Culture National Historical Park has closed its visitor center, museum, and bookstore until further notice. Read more.
- Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument has closed its Gila Visitor Center and Gila Cliff Dwellings Trailhead Museum. The monument itself will remain open, allowing visitors to access the cliff dwellings themselves.
- Carlsbad Caverns National Park has temporarily closed its elevators to promote social distancing. Visitors may still accessible via the Natural Entrance Trail. Read more.
- White Sands National Park has temporarily closed. Read more.
- Bandelier National Monument has temporarily closed its visitor center and the Western National Park Store. All trails and the Juniper Campground remain open. Read more.
More Public Land Use Guidance
2. Follow Leave No Trace guidelines.
3. Maintain a distance of at least six feet between you and others on the trail.
4. Try to find a trail as close to your home as possible to minimize travel.
5. Seek out lesser used trails to prevent overcrowding. The Second Edition of the New Mexico Wild Guide is a great resource to find these trails.
6. Plan ahead and prepare. The agencies that manage our public lands are already understaffed and stretched thin on resources. Properly preparing before your hike will help land managers focus on other duties.