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Some state parks open but not Bottomless Lakes


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Bottomless Lakes State Park is not included in the first phase of reopenings allowed after some easing of public health orders aimed at preventing COVID-19 infections.

The parks now open for day-use are Cimarron Canyon, Ute Lake, Brantley Lake, Sumner Lake, Caballo Lake, Cerrillos Hills, Storrie Lake and Villanueva. When Bottomless Lakes will reopen has not been announced at this time by the State Parks Division of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.

“The phased reopening considers availability of park staff and resources, characteristics of the park, and the ability to social distance once in the park,” a department statement said.

Parks that are open are allowed to operate for day-use only, with fees waived to minimize the need for person-to-person contact. People are asked to observe social distancing requirements and hygiene recommendations and to limit travel to parks close to them. All events have been canceled at state parks until May 15, and people who had reservations for overnight stays can receive refunds.

It is recommended that people visit the State Parks website at www.emnrd.state.nm.us before visiting to determine hours and specific information regarding parks.

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