End the Shutdown, Open Public Lands
The federal government shutdown places New Mexico's public lands and wild places at risk. Thousands of employees at agencies like the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service are furloughed during the shutdown, meaning they cannot provide the usual level of care and attention to New Mexico's public lands.
The implications to our resources could be far reaching if the shutdown continues. It's time to end the shutdown.
What is CLOSED During the Shutdown
Below you will find a list of public lands that have been confirmed closed during the shutdown. The list will be updated periodically as we gather more information. Some closures are only partial with certain aspects of the location still in operation, so be sure to click on the links below for more information. After following these links, click "Alerts" to see specific details about each closure. It is also important to remember these government websites are not being actively updated during the shutdown. We will do everything we can to update this list with the most current information possible.
- Aztec Ruins National Monument
- Bandelier National Monument
- Capulin Volcano National Monument (partial closure)
- Carlsbad Caverns National Park (partial closure)
- Chaco Culture National Historical Park
- El Malpais National Monument (partial closure)
- El Morro National Monument (partial closure)
- Fort Union National Monument
- Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument (partial closure)
- Pecos National Historical Park
- Petroglyph National Monument (partial closure)
- Valles Caldera National Preserve
- White Sands National Monument
Report a Violation
Help make up for the understaffing on our public lands by being our eyes and ears. When you see violations or abuse in New Mexico’s designated Wilderness areas and other protected places, please let us know so we can report it to the responsible agency as soon as possible. Report a violation here.
Complimentary New Mexico Wild Membership for Furloughed Employees
Are you an employee of one of the federal government agencies impacted by the shutdown? Have you been furloughed as a result? If so, we are offering a free, one-year membership to New Mexico Wild. Simply fill out this form to receive your complimentary membership!
Economic Impact of Outdoor Recreation in New Mexico
The outdoor recreation economy in New Mexico generates $9,900,000,000 in consumer spending annually, $2,800,000,000 in wages and salaries, and $623,000,000 in state and local tax revenues, and directly employes 99,000 people, according to data gathered by the Outdoor Industry Association. New Mexico's economy clearly depends on outdoor recreation and access to our public lands.
New Mexico also relies heavily on the federal government. Recent data gathered by WalletHub found that New Mexico is more negatively impacted by the current shutdown than any other state. New Mexico receives the fourth-highest amount of federal contract dollars, and has the third-highest percentage of population receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
Simply put, New Mexico cannot afford this shutdown.