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This holiday season, spend time at a New Mexico State Park with those you love – after all, that’s what the holidays are all about! Why not frolic in the snow at one of our northern parks? Warm up to the glow of thousand luminarias as you stroll along Chicorica Creek or enjoy a hot cup of java after a brisk hike along one of our amazing trails! All you need is love and $5 to enjoy your day at a New Mexico State Park this holiday season. This holiday season, spend time at a New Mexico State Park with those you love – after all, that’s what the holidays are all about! Why not frolic……


Holiday Events


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Enjoy the warm glow

New Mexico State Parks is your official sponsor of holiday adventure! New Mexico culture is rich with celebrations during December. Join us for some of the best holiday events in New Mexico! Thousands of Luminarias along Chicorica Creek, Elephant Butte Lake and Pancho Villa State Park will warm the night and your heart as you Fall in Love with New Mexico State Parks!





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Opt Outside - FREE

Traditionally known as “Black Friday” in the retail world, the day after Thanksgiving can also be a time where families and friends unwind, relax and experience a great adventure at a New Mexico State Park close to home. New Mexico State Parks proudly joins other states by waiving fees on Black Friday in support of a growing number of other organizations who are encouraging people to spend more time outdoors. State Parks will be waiving the $5 day-use fees for all 34 state parks on Friday, November 23, 2018.

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First Day Hikes

2019 First Day Hikes

First Day Hikes in New Mexico State Parks offer an invigorating start to the New Year. Make a New Year’s resolution to your health and happiness by starting off on the right foot in 2019 with a First Day Hike or a Polar Bear Plunge into the lake at a state park. On January 1,New Mexico State Parks will sponsor free, guided hikes in 13 state parks on New Year’s Day as part of America's State Parks First Day Hikes. Polar Bear Plunges will also be held at three parks this year.


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Night Skty at State Parks

Star Parties & Night Skies

Capture the beauty and wonder of the constellations at our Observatories. New Mexico is known for its Dark Skies. Our Interpretive Rangers and local Astronomy Clubs LOVE to teach and reach for the stars!





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The Ultimate Glamping Experience

Nestled in the ponderosa pine mountain forest of Santa Fe, three new yurts are available to rent at Hyde Memorial State Park. Each yurt sleeps six and provides a modern setting with roots in ancient tradition. Glamp it up this holiday season!


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Snow Birds - Find a Park

Our southern parks have beautiful night skies and warmer temperatures for your outdoor adventures, but if snow is what you’re after, you’ll never be too cold if you’re staying in one of three yurts at Hyde Memorial State Park! Equipped with heat, yurts are the perfect sleeping destination after a fun day on the slopes!


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