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Bluewater Lake (505) 876-2391
Fireworks are always prohibited at Bluewater Lake State Park. 4/30/2018 - ongoing
Bluewater lake is now closed to boating due to ice forming on the lake. 12/6/2018 - 3/1/2019
CLOSED TO ICE FISHING: UNSAFE: Bluewater lake is 100% frozen over with an ice depth of 6"-3" overall. The temperatures continue to fluctuate creating unsafe ice conditions. As of 2/3/2019 there is rain water developing on top of the ice causing melting from the top and bottom of surface ice 2/4/2019 - 2/28/2019

Caballo Lake (575) 743-3942
Appaloosa and Palomino Campgrounds remain open 9/15/2017 - ongoing
Palomino Comfort Station remains open and handles off-season use 9/15/2017 - ongoing
Lower Riverside Comfort Station remains open and handles off-season use 9/15/2017 - ongoing

Cimarron Canyon (575) 377-6271
Stage I Fire Restrictions: Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove is prohibited except in State Park developed camp and picnic grounds where grills and stoves are provided by the State Park. 8/7/2018 - ongoing
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, a developed recreation site/improved site, or while standing in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material. 8/7/2018 - ongoing

City of Rocks (575) 536-2800
State Parks will be undertaking some erosion control work at City of Rocks starting February 13th and continuing for 3 or 4 weeks thereafter. Please note that there will be some construction work and heavy equipment in the main campground during that period. The campground will remain open and some non-reservation sites may be closed off for short periods. Questions about the project should be addressed to Park staff at 575-536-2800. 2/12/2019 - 3/12/2019

Conchas Lake 575-868-2270
North Area Comfort Station remains open, has solar panels for power and heat 9/15/2017 - ongoing
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT OUR DRINKING WATER Monitoring Requirements Not Met. Our water system recently violated drinking water requirements. This is not an emergency. In November 2018 we didn’t complete all monitoring requirements for Total Coliform. The sample for November 2018 was improperly labeled and not accepted as a compliance sample. The December 2018 sample is in compliance with requirements and does show that Total Coliform were absent. Contact 575-461-6049 for further information. 12/20/2018 - 12/20/2019
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT OUR DRINKING WATER Turbidity Levels Not Met. Our water system recently violated a drinking water requirement. This is not an emergency. Water is monitored for turbidity (cloudiness). Samples in November 2018 showed turbidity readings in excess of state standards violating the Safe Drinking Water Act. However, turbidity has no health effects but can interfere with disinfection and provide a medium for microbial growth. Contact 575-461-6049 for further information. 12/20/2018 - 12/20/2019

Coyote Creek 575-387-2328
The south end of the park, YCC Campground, River Group Camping Area, Comfort Station and Water System are closed for the winter season. These facilities and camping areas will be available on March 29, 2019. 10/19/2018 - ongoing

Eagle Nest Lake (575) 377-1594
• Lifejackets Save Lives. Always wear a lifejacket (personal flotation device). 12/31/2018 - ongoing
• Be aware of and prepared for weather conditions. Dress in layers and wear thermal underwear, fleece or wool, and wind and waterproof outerwear - especially for feet, hands and head. Take extra clothes, food, water, etc. 12/31/2018 - ongoing
• Be prepared for emergencies. Carry equipment such as ice picks or awls, rope, and cellular phones. Also pack a first-aid kit and matches or other sources for starting a fire. 12/31/2018 - ongoing
• Keep fishing holes small and few. When drilling fishing holes with an ice auger, keep the diameter under eight inches. Bigger holes are not necessary to land fish and can create a safety hazard for others. 12/31/2018 - ongoing
• Watch your step. Avoid ice fishing near feeder streams or known springs; brush, logs, plants or docks; multiple ice cracks or ice that is popping or otherwise audible; and dark-colored ice that may be weak. 12/31/2018 - ongoing
• Spread out. Too many people congregated in one area may be more than the ice can safely support. Disperse weight and fishing holes. 12/31/2018 - ongoing
Eagle Nest Lake is open to ice fishing effective 12/28/2018. Ice thickness/condition: 17.5 inches/clear. Date of last measurement: 2/18/19. ATV's are allowed on the ice at this time. These vehicles are not allowed in the park except on the boat ramp and on the lake ice. 2/18/2019 - ongoing

El Vado Lake (575) 588-7247
Ice has been opened for ice fishing near dam with a thickness of 8-10 inches. Use at your own risk. Ice conditions change quickly so users are urged to use caution. Main area of park will remain closed until April. For additional information please contact the park office at 575-588-7247. 2/12/2019 - ongoing

Elephant Butte Lake (575) 744-5923
The Plaza, Lions Beach, Desert Cove, and South Monticello Comfort Stations remain open and handle off-season use 9/15/2017 - ongoing
Monticello Boat Ramp Closed 5/21/2018 - ongoing
Rock Canyon Boat Ramp Closed 7/30/2018 - ongoing
Marina del Sur Boat Ramp is open! 9/21/2018 - ongoing

Fenton Lake (575) 829-3630
The Lake has completely frozen over and The lake is NOW OPEN FOR ICE FISHING. River fishing is open. All Day use on Fenton Lake Rd main area is currently open and will remain open all year round. Lake Fork is closed until May. All electric campsites will remain open year round and two of the electric sites are reservable (3E and 4E). All other developed sites are currently closed. We accept cash or check only throughout the winter. We do not accept cards. 1/11/2019 - ongoing
FENTON LAKE IS OPEN FOR ICE FISHING. ice was measured all through the lake area on 2/21/19 we have 13"-17" of ice on average throughout the lake. Ice is very slippery on top use caution when walking onto the lake. The ice is snow packed, clear, and in good condition. 2/21/2019 - ongoing

Heron Lake (575) 588-7470
STAGE I FIRE RESTRICTIONS: 4/12/2018 - ongoing
Access to the Rio Chama Trail Head staircase remains closed at this time for repairs. Visitors can access the trail by utilizing the BOR access road to the Chama River then to the suspension bridge. We will keep the public informed of any changes. Thank you for your patience ! 4/30/2018 - ongoing
The Willow Creek, Ridgerock and La Laja Campgrounds remain open year-round 4/30/2018 - ongoing
Willow Creek Boat Ramp is now closed due to receding water levels in this area. Sierra Vista and La Laja Boat Ramps are open to vessels of all sizes. 8/2/2018 - ongoing
Heron Lake State Park is open to Ice fishing (and other activities and skating/hockey?) Date: effective February 1st, 2019 Ice thickness/condition: 9 inches and clear Date of last measurement: 2-11-19 ATVs are not allowed on t 2/11/2019 - ongoing

Hyde Memorial 505-983-7175
The Lodge, the yurts and group shelters can be reserved up to six months in advance by going to newmexicostateparks.reserveamerica.com and searching on Hyde Memorial. 12/22/2018 - ongoing
The tube run is open! 12/26/2018 - ongoing
Park phones and internet may be down intermittently. If so, please call 505 629-5659; your call will be returned within 24 hours. 2/18/2019 - ongoing

Morphy Lake (575) 387-2328
Morphy Lake State Park will remain closed until next spring. The closure is due to the upcoming dam renovation project. The dam renovation is scheduled for completion Spring of 2019. 7/20/2018 - ongoing

Navajo Lake (505) 632-2278
CR 4280 to Cottonwood Campground and Day Use areas may be rough, use caution. 4/30/2018 - ongoing
Do not walk on or play on the ponds that are iced over along the San Juan River at Navajo Lake State Park. 12/11/2018 - 4/1/2019
Winter road conditions may exist. Be cautious when driving in and around Navajo Lake State Park 2/21/2019 - 2/25/2019

Pancho Villa (575) 531-2711
The south Comfort Stations remain open all year long. 6/8/2017 - ongoing

Rio Grande Nature Ctr. (505) 344-7240
The intersection of Rio Grande Bld and Candelaria Rd will be closed February 22nd through early May during the construction of the Rio Grande Candelaria Roundabout. To access the Park during the closure, approach from the South of Candelaria Rd and turn west on either Campbell Rd or Oro Vista Rd. 2/21/2019 - 5/5/2019

Storrie Lake (505) 425-7278
Starting October 1st gates will open at 7am and close at 5pm 10/1/2018 - 3/28/2019

Sugarite Canyon (575) 445-5607
As of 2/26/2016-The New Mexico Environment Department’s Drinking Water Bureau issued a “boil water advisory” for the Sugarite Canyon State Park water system. The water can be made safe by boiling it for at least five minutes at a rolling boil. Alternatively, bottled water can be used. Visitors will be notified when service is returned to normal and the water is again safe to drink. 5/5/2017 - ongoing
Camping is first-come, first-served until May 1. Lake Alice Campground and the shower building are open year-round. Soda Pocket Campground has closed for the season. 10/1/2018 - 4/30/2019
Life Jackets Save Lives. Always wear a life jacket (personal flotation device) 1/25/2019 - ongoing
Be aware of and prepared for weather conditions. Dress in layers and wear thermal underwear, fleece or wool, and wind and waterproof outerwear - especially for feet, hands and head. Take extra clothes, food, water, etc. 1/25/2019 - ongoing
Be prepared for emergencies. Carry equipment such as ice picks or awls, rope, and cellular phones. Also pack a first-aid kit and matches or other sources for starting a fire. 1/25/2019 - ongoing
Keep fishing holes small and few. When drilling fishing holes with an ice auger, keep the diameter under eight inches. Bigger holes are not necessary to land fish and can create a safety hazard for others. 1/25/2019 - ongoing
Watch your step. Avoid ice fishing near feeder streams or known springs; brush, logs, plants or docks; multiple ice cracks or ice that is popping or otherwise audible; and dark-colored ice that may be weak. 1/25/2019 - ongoing
Spread out. Too many people congregated in one area may be more than the ice can safely support. Disperse weight and fishing holes. 1/25/2019 - ongoing
Lake Alice and Lake Maloya are open to ice fishing effective 1/25/19. Current ice thickness at L.Alice is 8.5-11" and cloudy. Current ice thickness at Lake Maloya is 16" and slightly cloudy. The last ice measurement was taken on 2/8/19. ATVs and UTVs are prohibited on the ice and in the park. 2/8/2019 - ongoing
Lake Alice and Lake Maloya are open to ice fishing effective 1/25/19. Current ice thickness at L.alice is 11inches and cloudy. Current ice thickness at L.Maloya is 16 inches and cloudy. The last ice measurement was taken on 2/11/19.ATV's and UTV's are prohibited on the ice and in the park. 2/11/2019 - ongoing
Lake Maloya is open to ice fishing effective 1/25/19. Lake Alice is CLOSED to ice fishing due to unsafe ice conditions as of 2/15/19. Current ice thickness at L.Maloya is 17 inches and cloudy. The last ice measurement was taken on 2/15/19.ATV's and UTV's are prohibited on the ice and in the park. 2/15/2019 - ongoing

Ute Lake (575) 487-2284
NM Boating Basics Class 2/22/2019 - 2/22/2019
2nd annual St. Patty's Dash 3/17/2019 - 3/17/2019
NM Boating Basics Class 3/29/2019 - 3/29/2019
NM Boating Basics Class 4/5/2019 - 4/5/2019
NM Bass Federation Bass Tournament 4/6/2019 - 4/7/2019
NM Boating Basics Class 4/19/2019 - 4/19/2019
Colorado TBF State Qualifying Bass Tournament 5/16/2019 - 5/19/2019
Eastern New Mexico Kayak Fishing 5/18/2019 - 5/18/2019
New Mexico Bass Team Trail Tournament 6/1/2019 - 6/1/2019

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