Frequently Asked Questions

The following parks are open for day-use only: Oasis, Oliver Lee, Clayton Lake & Dinosaur Trackways, Pancho Villa, Mesilla Valley Bosque, Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Coyote Creek, City of Rocks Rockhound, Cimarron Canyon, Ute Lake, Brantley Lake, Sumner Lake, Caballo Lake, Cerrillos Hills, Storrie Lake, and Villanueva State Parks.

We will continue to provide updates as they become available. We look forward to serving you on your next adventure at a New Mexico State Park.


Which state parks are open?

The following State Parks will be open for day-use:

What are day-use hours?

Please check specific park page for updated hours. Under this limited opening, some parks will be open daily, others may be open only specific days of the week.

Are state parks collecting fees?

On Saturday, May 16, 2020, New Mexico State Parks will resume collecting fees for day-use.

What are the state parks day-use fees?

In general, the day-use fee is $5 per vehicle. In an effort to continue to reduce contact between visitors and staff, we strongly encourage visitors to use exact change or a check when visiting open parks. Please use the self-pay stations where available. The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens charges a per person fee. Visitor centers remain closed making some credit card payments unavailable.

Are state parks selling annual permits?

Annual Day-Use Permits may be purchased at parks at a cost of $40. The Annual Day-Use Permit is valid for 12 months from the month of purchase. Be advised that no refunds can be made on the annual permits. We strongly encourage visitors to use exact change or a check. Visitor centers remain closed making some credit card payments unavailable. Annual Camping Permits will not be sold during this period.

What day-use activities are allowed?

Boating, fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, and picnicking in small groups.

Does each state park have its own capacity limit?

Yes, each individual State Park has its own guidelines. Some parks may establish a capacity limit by number of visitors or number of vehicles. Parking spaces may be limited to manage for capacity; vehicles must be parked in a developed site or designated parking space; only one vehicle per site or designated parking space; no parking on roadsides; no parking in undeveloped areas (may vary by park).

Is camping allowed?

No, State Parks are not currently open for camping or overnight use.

What facilities are closed?

Visitor Centers, park offices, comfort stations, group shelters, playgrounds, swimming areas, RV Dump Stations, and special use facilities. Check the specific park site for additional information.

Are State Parks hosting special events?

No, all special events have been cancelled through May 31st.

What are the safety and health guidelines for visiting a state park?

No more than 5 people per group, maintain six-foot distance between people, no parking within ten feet of another vehicle. Visitors are strongly encouraged to carry their own sanitizing supplies and PPE, and practice social distancing. Visitors are required to wear a face mask. Comfort Stations and restrooms are closed to reduce close contact. Vault toilets at some State Parks will be available.

Can I reserve a group shelter for the day?

No, group shelters are closed in adherence to the Mass Gatherings Order by the Governor.

Can I build a campfire to cook?

No, campfires are prohibited, please adhere to the following Stage II Fire Restrictions: Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove is prohibited. The use of devices fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off is allowed. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three (3) feet of the device. Smoking is prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.

Are park concessionaires open?

Some parks will have concessionaires open; however, their operations will be limited.

Can I go hiking?

Trails are open for day-use only, please hike in small groups.

Are pets allowed?

Yes, pets are allowed and must remain on a leash. Please remember to bring food and water for your furry friends

Can I go boating?

Yes, boating is only allowed during day-use hours. Remember to wear your life-jacket. People must adhere to social distancing and no more than 5 passengers per motorized vessel. Marine Enforcement Officers will be patrolling the lakes.

My boat is not registered, can I still get out on the water?

All New Mexico Taxation & Revenue Department – Motor Vehicle Division field offices are closed until further notice. As a result, the State Parks Division will not be enforcing boat registration requirements at this time. Once the MVD field offices are open, you will have a 30-day grace period to register your vessels. Please note that you may renew your vessel registrations online at

Is Navajo Lake State Park open to boating?

At Navajo Lake State Park the closure affects use of and access through NM State Parks Division managed properties. The Navajo Reservoir is closed to boating from La Jara Canyon down-river to the dam (this includes the Pine River and Francis Canyon). However, there are other land managers surrounding the lake. If there is legal access through a property managed by another agency, owner or entity (i.e. Navajo State Park in Arboles, Colorado), people may access the lake from those properties. Boaters and anglers are reminded that it is their responsibility to be aware of closures and contact land managers for properties of interest. Parks officials are regularly patrolling closed areas. Do not enter any area or facility that is buoyed, cordoned or fenced off or has signage indicating closed to the public or designated for employees only.

May I use the playgrounds?

No, playgrounds are closed.

Is swimming allowed?

Some parks may designated no swimming areas. In areas where swimming is allowed, swim at your own risk. It is recommended that children have adult supervision and wear a life-jacket when they are near the water (e.g., shoreline, river bank).

Can I park a vehicle and/or leave equipment overnight at the park for the weekend?

No, you may not leave a vehicle and/or equipment overnight. Vehicle may be towed at the owner’s expense.

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