Governor Announces Record Year For State Parks

Tent Rocks at Bandelier National Monument. By M. Baum/nmtrue

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that more people are visiting New Mexico’s state parks than ever before.

Last year, New Mexico state parks welcomed more than 5 million visitors – 1 million more than 2014. The announcement comes on the heels of the Governor announcing record-breaking tourism numbers for the fourth consecutive year.

“This is great news for New Mexico. When our state parks flourish, so do our communities,” Martinez said. “Our state parks are absolute treasures, and it’s exciting that more people are finding adventures that feed their soul right here in New Mexico.”

New Mexico is home to 35 state parks. Notable increases include: Cimarron Canyon State Park saw a 61 percent increase; 68,000 more people visited Elephant Butte Lake State Park, with a grand total of one million visitors; Rockhound State Park in Deming more than doubled visitors; 230,000 more people visited Storrie Lake near Las Vegas; and Bottomless Lakes State Park near Roswell saw a 19.5 percent increase, totaling 173,320.

“We strive to provide our visitors with a fun outdoor experience, and we are delighted more people are enjoying their state parks,” State Parks Director Christy Tafoya said.

This summer, State Parks and the New Mexico Tourism Department, and the Department of Cultural Affairs will continue the popular Find Your New Mexico True Park photo contest, which encourages people to upload photos of their visits for a chance to win prizes. Visit http://www.nmtruepark.com/ to enter the contest, make camping reservations, take online boating safety courses, and view the event calendar.

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