The Gila National Forest announced that it will be reopening four more recreation sites by mid-June. The sites that will be reopening are Wolf Hollow Campground on Black Range Ranger District, Forks Campground on the Wilderness Ranger District, and Juniper and Piñon Campgrounds on Quemado Ranger District. All of these campgrounds are on a first-come first serve basis. Reminder: the Gila National Forest has a 14-day stay limit for all campsites.
Wellness, Fitness and Outdoor Recreation Resources
Advice from the CDC on staying safe while visiting parks, trails, and open spaces as a way to relieve stress, get some fresh air, and stay active.
The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department’s (EMNRD) State
Parks Division announced nine additional State Parks reopening for day-use only beginning May 30th. An additional five Parks will open June 1st. Overnight use and campgrounds remain closed and all events through June 19th have been canceled. In addition, there will be capacity limits at
many reopened State Parks.
On May 15 Gila National Forest reopened Mogollon Box Day Use Area on the Silver City Ranger District, the bathroom facilities at Snow Lake on Reserve Ranger District, and the bathroom facilities at the Emory Pass Vista on the Black Range Ranger District. Visitors are encouraged to contact the ranger districts or check the Gila National Forest website for specific recreation sites prior to traveling or making plans.
As of May 15, as the state continues to evaluate which areas are safe and can be regulated in line with public health needs, an additional nine parks have reopened including: Pancho Villa, Mesilla Valley Bosque, Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, City of Rocks, and Rockhound State Parks. Before visiting a state park, check www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD for hours of operation, visitor capacity guidelines, available facilities and group size restrictions.
Worried about snakes during your outdoor adventures? Respecting local wildlife is an important part of responsible outdoor recreation. Remember, we’re visitors in their home. Learn to hike, bike, climb, and camp safely in snake country and appreciate all of your wildlife encounters.
NEW EMERGENCY PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER IN EFFECT
As part of the new emergency public health order that took effect on Saturday, New Mexico relaxed some occupancy restrictions while maintaining the essential public health framework for mitigating and responding to the incidence and spread of COVID-19.
- Houses of worship may operate at 40 percent of the maximum occupancy of any enclosed building, an increase from 25 percent, in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices. Houses of worship may, as before, conduct services outdoors or provide services through audiovisual means.
- Food and drink establishments (including restaurants, breweries, wineries, distillers, cafes, coffee shops or other similar establishments) may provide indoor dining service at 25 percent of maximum occupancy, in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices. Food and drink establishments may continue to provide physically-distant outdoor dining options, carryout and delivery services, in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices. Tables – inside or outside – must be spaced at least six feet apart, and no more than six patrons are permitted at a single table.
- While museums with interactive and/or immersive displays, categorized as “close-contact recreational facilities,” must remain closed, museums with static displays may operate at 25 percent capacity.
- Mass gatherings of more than 10 individuals are prohibited.
Read the revised emergency public health order from Aug 27, 2020 order here