New Mexico State Parks Considers Public Feedback, Postpones Fee Hearings


Cactus Garden Oliver Lee State Park Alamogordo (

The New Mexico State Parks, a division of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department announced the postponement of the public hearing on its fees scheduled for April 1, 2024. This decision allows additional time to review and consider over 800 public comments and feedback received regarding fee increases. The new date for the public hearing will be announced in the near future.

“We travelled statewide to engage with our valued customers and understand their viewpoints,” said State Parks Division Director Toby Velasquez.With over 800 public comments in hand, it’s clear that there’s a consensus for enhancing our fee structure. These insights will greatly enrich our revision process.”

On February 14, 2024, State Parks announced a series of informational meetings to present a recently completed fees study and recommendations for changes to park entry fees. Through a series of 12 informational meetings held statewide, State Parks gathered valuable input from the public.

State Parks plans to review the public input received and revise the proposed fee changes in the coming months. Once the review and revision is complete, recommendations will be presented through a rule revision process, which will include additional public meetings and another public comment period.

State Parks will continue to receive public comments on the proposed fee changes
through March 29, 2024. The Fees Study and related information are available to view
or download in PDF format on the EMNRD website at Public Meetings - State Parks (

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