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 the cavern and the vistors center. Park roads, desert trails, and picnic areas remain open. Read more.
- White Sands National Park has temporarily closed. Read more.
- Bandelier National Monument has temporarily closed its visitor center, the Western National Park Store and most trailheads and campgrounds, including the Juniper and Ponderosa campgrounds. A few of the less-visited trails remain open. Read more.
Bureau of Land Management Recreation Site Closures
- Datil Well Campground
- Joe Skeen Campground
- Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
- La Ventana and Narrows Trailhead vault toilets within the El Malpais National Conservation Area
- Arroyo Hondo Campground
- Big Arsenic Campground
- Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness Parking Area, limited to day-use only (no overnight camping or parking allowed)
- Brown Springs Campground
- Chiflo Campground
- El Aguaje Campground
- La Junta Campground
- Little Arsenic Campground
- Lone Juniper Campground
- Pilar Campground
- Rio Bravo Campground
- Rio Pueblo Campground
- Santa Cruz Lake Recreation Area and North Shore Campground
- Simon Campground, limited to day-use only (no overnight camping or parking allowed)
- Pecos District
- Valley of Fires Recreation Area
The following campgrounds will not be maintained or serviced by BLM personnel or volunteers and the bathrooms will be closed:
- Cave Campground
- Haystack Off-highway
- Vehicle Area and Campground
- Mescalero Sands
- Off-highway Vehicle Area and Campground
- Rob Jaggers Campground
Las Cruces District
- Aguirre Spring Recreation Area, including campsites and restrooms
- Dripping Springs Natural Area/La Cueva picnic area and restrooms
- Lake Valley Historic Townsite and restroom
- Soledad Canyon Day Use Area
- Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, including camping facilities and restroom
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.