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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 415pm, 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 - 4:15 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!

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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.


All public lands (BLM and US Forest Service) in New Mexico are open for dispersed, backcountry camping, fishing, hiking, and recreational shooting.

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, food, shelter, GPS, maps, and recovery tools and skills. There are NO services in these remote areas. Cell phone reception is rare.

Unless driving through on a county, state or federal highway, you must have prior written permission to be on tribal, military, state trust, or private land…even when crossing them to get to public lands.

Please see our FAQ on where to go camping for an up-to-date list of what’s open.

Fireworks are not allowed on any public lands, ever.


BLM Lands in New Mexico:

Open campfires are OK on all BLM lands in New Mexico, unless posted. Please be safe and sane. Put out all campfires until they're dead and cold.

All BLM lands in New Mexico are open for dispersed, backcountry camping, fishing, hiking, and recreational shooting. Click here for BLM closures.


US Forest Service Lands in New Mexico:

Open campfires are OK on all US Forest Service lands in New Mexico, unless posted. Please be safe and sane. Put out all campfires until they're dead and cold.

All US Forest Service lands are open for dispersed, backcountry camping, fishing, hiking, and recreational shooting.

Carson National Forest:
Many campgrounds are open. Some of the facilities are still closed (restrooms) or do not have service (trash). Learn More.

Cibola National Forest and Grasslands
Many campgrounds are open. Some of the facilities are still closed (restrooms) or do not have service (trash). 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
Many campgrounds are open. Some of the facilities are still closed (restrooms) or do not have service (trash). Learn more.

Lincoln National Forest
MMany campgrounds are open. Some of the facilities are still closed (restrooms) or do not have service (trash). Learn more.

Santa Fe National Forest
Many campgrounds are open. Some of the facilities are still closed (restrooms) or do not have service (trash). Learn More.

New Mexico State Parks

Campfires are not allowed in any NM State Parks at this time (29 July 2020).

The following New Mexico State Parks are open for day use. 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
Elephant Butte Lake
El Vado Lake
Heron Lake
Hyde Memorial
Leasburg Dam
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
Mesilla Valley Bosque
Navajo Lake
Oasis
Oliver Lee
Pancho Villa
Pecos River
Percha Dam
Rio Grande Nature Center Rockhound
Santa Rosa Lake
Storrie Lake
Sugarite Canyon
Sumner Lake
Ute Lake
Villanueva

Bluewater Lake, Fenton Lake, and Morphy Lake remain closed, indefinately.

Have a great time exploring the public lands of New Mexico.

For more information please contact us at:

New Mexico Public Lands Information Center
www.plia.org/information
1-505-954-2002
wtefft@plia.org

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
All campgrounds are open, except for the following:
Agua Piedra Group - CLOSED
Capulin - CLOSED
Cuchillo del Medio - CLOSED
La Bobita - CLOSED
La Sombra - CLOSED
Las Petacas - CLOSED
Lower Lagunitas - CLOSED
Rio de los Pinos - CLOSED

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:
Kingston, Wolf Hollow, Lower and Upper Scorpion Campgrounds Campground on the Black Range Ranger District.
Juniper and Pinon on the Quemado Ranger District
Iron Creek, Upper Gallinas, Railraod Canyon Campgrounds on Silver City Ranger District
Aeroplane Mesa Campgrounds Apache Creek, Ben Lilly, and Dripping Vat on Reserve Ranger District
Forks Campground on the Wilderness Ranger District

Lincoln National Forest: https://www.fs.usda.gov/lincoln
All campgrounds in the Sacramento District are open for camping, except Three Rivers.
Campgrounds in the Smokey Bear Ranger District are open for day use only.

Camping is also open at El Morro National Monument, first come first served.

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.