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New Mexico’s State Parks

Boating, trails, nature viewing – that’s just a small sample of what New Mexico’s many state parks have to offer. A total of 35 state parks cover the Land of Enchantment, creating memories for New Mexico residents and visitors alike with a taste for outdoor adventure. The New Mexico State Parks Division of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department manages the parks. From fishing and kayaking to living museums and bald eagle sightings, the many diverse state parks of New Mexico are destined to amaze.

Northern New Mexico features a slue of state-operated playgrounds for all ages. You’ll find amazing trout fishing at spots like Bluewater Lake State Park and Cimarron Canyon State Park, plus water-skiing, scuba diving, and more at parks like Conchas Lake State Park and El Vado Lake State Park. Winter recreation, horseback riding, and hiking are found at Fenton Lake State Park, Sugarite Canyon State Park, and Manzano Mountains State Park.

Southern New Mexico’s brilliant landscape offers even more outdoor fun. Don’t miss Bottomless Lakes State Park – New Mexico’s first state park – for scuba diving, fishing, and swimming. Then try kayaking the Rio Grande at Leasburg Dam State Park near Las Cruces, or tour the Oliver Lee Ranch House at the Oliver Lee Memorial State Park in Alamogordo. And for those with small children, visit Carlsbad for the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park.

Whether you’ve got a plan to visit all 35 parks, or just have one on your New Mexico itinerary, the state parks of the Land of Enchantment are sure to deliver.