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New Mexico Public Lands Information Center

Want to explore New Mexico's public lands?

Chat with us! Monday to Friday, 8am to 430pm, Mountain Time.

We're ready to answer your questions about access, activities, and
which public lands are open in New Mexico, including: BLM sites,
Forest Service sites, state parks, county open space, and more!

Click the chat link or call us at (505) 954-2002.

We are open and ready to help, Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm MT.

Click here for a list of frequently asked questions.
Since 1997, the New Mexico Public Lands Information Center has been a one-stop source to provide information about recreational opportunities and facilities on New Mexico public lands. We explain rules and regulations, public lands access, recreation opportunities and we can help connect you with brochures as well as guidebooks and maps for sale. We work closely with federal, state and local agencies to deliver verified information to help you plan your next public lands adventure!

Resources

Adventure Safely!

Our public lands belong to all of us. Get out and explore! But first a few ground rules and tips for staying safe: Most of the public land in New Mexico is remote country. It is accessible from unimproved; sometimes four wheel drive, roads and tracks. Be prepared to be self-sufficient with water,...
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New Mexico BLM Public Lands Access Map

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Frequently Asked Questions

Information reviewed daily and updated as federal, agency, and state authorities announce decisions regarding public land access.


New Mexico State Parks

Campfires are prohibited everywhere in New Mexico (pressurized gas stoves are ok), indefinitely. Fireworks are not allowed on any public lands, ever.

As of 30 May 2020, the following New Mexico State Parks have reopened for day use. The remaining NM State Parks are closed until further notice. Learn more.

Bottomless Lakes
Brantley Lake
Caballo Lake
Cerrillos Hills
Cimarron Canyon
City of Rocks
Clayton Lake and Dinosaur Trackways
Conchas Lake
Coyote Creek
Eagle Nest Lake
El Vado Lake
Heron Lake
Leasburg Dam
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
Mesilla Valley Bosque
Oasis
Oliver Lee
Pancho Villa
Percha Dam
Rockhound
Santa Rosa Lake
Storrie Lake
Sugarite Canyon
Sumner Lake
Ute Lake
Villanueva

On 1 June 2020 the following NM State Parks will reopen for day use:

Elephant Butte Lake
Hyde Memorial
Navajo Lake
Pecos River
Rio Grande Nature Center


BLM Lands:

Campfires are prohibited everywhere in New Mexico (pressurized gas stoves are ok), indefinitely. Fireworks are not allowed on any public lands, ever.

Click here for BLM closures.


Forest Service Lands:

Campfires are prohibited everywhere in New Mexico (pressurized gas stoves are ok), indefinitely. Fireworks are not allowed on any public lands, ever.

Carson National Forest:
Recreation opportunities available, include hiking and biking on trails, dispersed camping, and other activities that support social distancing and small group sizes (less than 5 people). Currently, most developed recreation sites on the forest are closed due to seasonal closures or to protect public health by limiting the number of people at a site. Some recreational sites may be accessible, but the facilities are not open (restrooms) or do not have service (trash). Learn More.

Cibola National Forest and Grasslands
Limited amenities and closed restrooms. Hiking, dispersed camping, and other dispersed recreation uses are available.Learn More.
The Cibola NF has closed the recreation facilities on the Mt Taylor RD, to the west of ABQ. Dispersed camping is ok.

Gila National Forest
Developed campgrounds and restroom facilities are closed. Recreation opportunities available. Learn more.

Lincoln National Forest
Many campgrounds, restrooms, picnic areas, and day-use areas are closed. Trails are still open. Dispersed camping and other activities that support social distancing and small groups are still permitted. Learn more.

Santa Fe National Forest
Although some facilities, such as developed recreation sites and restroom facilities are closed. The majority of the forest is still open to visitors who want to spend time outdoors. Most trailheads are open now or will be when the snow melts, including those that originate on or near developed campgrounds. Dispersed camping outside developed sites is still an option, and most fishing accesses are still accessible. Learn More.

Many US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management developed camping areas in New Mexico are now open.

Carson National Forest https://www.fs.usda.gov/carson
The following sites are open for overnight camping:
Columbine Campground, Fawn Lakes Campground, Junebug Campground, McCrystal Campground and Shuree Ponds Picnic Site on the Questa Ranger District, and Santa Barbara Campground, Agua Piedra, Comales Campground on the Camino Real Ranger District

Cibola National Forest: https://www.fs.usda.gov/cibola
The following sites are open for overnight camping:
Fourth of July and Red Canyon (upper) Campgrounds, north of Mountainair
Bear Trap, Hughes Mill, Luna Park, Springtime, and Water Canyon Campgrounds, south of Magdalena

Gila National Forest: https://www.fs.usda.gov/gila
The following sites are open for overnight camping:
Iron Creek, Upper Gallinas, Railraod Canyon Campgrounds on Silver City Ranger District
Dripping Vat and Aeroplane Mesa Campgrounds on Reserve Ranger District
Kingston Campground on the Black Range Ranger District.

Santa Fe National Forest: https://www.fs.usda.gov/santafe
All developed campgrounds on the Santa Fe National Forest are open except for the following group sites:
Clear Creek Group Campground - CLOSED
Holy Ghost Group Campground - CLOSED
Jacks Creek Group Campground - CLOSED
Jemez Falls Group Campground - CLOSED
Paliza Group Campground - CLOSED
San Antonio Group Campground - CLOSED

BLM: https://www.blm.gov/alert/nm-covid-19-updates

The following BLM sites are open for overnight camping.
Angel Peak Scenic Area, southeast of Bloomfield
Brown Springs Camground, County Road 1980 north of Farmington
Rob Jaggers (water and hookups) and Cave Campgrounds near Ruidoso and Ft Stanton
Haystack Mountain and Mescalero Sands Campgrounds, east of Roswell
Simon Canyon Recreation Area (day-use and camping), near Navajo Lake
Valley of Fires, west of Carrizozo

All BLM and Forest Service lands are open for dispersed, backcountry camping and hiking.

Maps of New Mexico public lands access can be found here.

BLM and Forest Service lands are open to these activities without a special permit. You may collect reasonable amounts of mineral specimens, rocks, semi-precious gems, petrified wood, and invertebrate fossils.

Check out BLM's Rockhounding page for more information.

It is illegal to collect anything over 100 years old or to collect Native American artifacts. Take pictures and leave those where you found them.

Hiking Trails near Albuquerque

The Sandia Mountain trails are open to small groups who practice social distancing while on the trails.

The La Luz, Embudo, Embudito, Bear Canyon, and Foothill Trails, on the west face of the Sandias are great trails but can be steep, rocky, and very hot as the weather warms. The east side is gentler, cooler in the summer, and offers cross country and snowshoeing opportunities in the winter.

The Bosque Trail along the Rio Grande is the best riparian walking and cycling trail in the area. It is a very low impact trail. Check out 60 Hikes within 60 Miles of ABQ for more recommendations.


Hiking Trails near Santa Fe

Santa Fe is a hiker’s paradise. Many trails are just a few minutes from the downtown Plaza. There are day use trails from 7000 ft elevation to 12,000 foot elevation near Santa Fe.

The Borrego-Bear Wallow Loop and Circle Trails are good for a quick walk off Hyde Park Road which dead ends at the Santa Fe Ski Area.

The Lake Katherine and Nambe Lake Trails are the best day hikes in an alpine environment but are not recommended in the winter.

Santa Fe also has a network of trails in town. The Dale Ball Trails close to town and the Glorieta Basin Preserve south of town have horseback riding and mountain biking opportunities, as well as hiking.

Multi-day hikes include the Winsor and Skyline Trails into the Pecos Wilderness.