BLM recreation areas starting to open


With the easing of public health and safety restrictions enacted by State of New Mexico health officials, the Bureau of Land Management today announced that the Las Cruces District Office is increasing recreational access and services at some recreation sites. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is working servicewide with Federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a case-by-case basis.

Beginning June 12, BLM Las Cruces District staff will reopen day-use access to:

  • Three Rivers Recreation Site;
  • Dripping Springs Natural Area;
  • Aguirre Spring Recreation Area;
  • Lake Valley Historic Town Site; and
  • Soledad Canyon Day Use Area

With public health in mind, the following facilities/areas remain closed at this time:

  • Three Rivers Visitor Center and Campground
  • Lake Valley School House
  • Aguirre Spring Campground
  • B. Cox Visitor Center at Dripping Springs Natural Area

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At the Las Cruces District Office, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance, and to regularly monitor these. We continue to work closely with the Department of the Interior and follow CDC guidance to ensure public and employee spaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers. 

While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. When recreating, the public should follow the New Mexico Department of Health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, practice social distancing and avoid high-risk outdoor activities. 

The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating on public lands prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19, and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.  

Details and updates on operations will continue to be posted on our website and social media channels.  Updates about BLM operations are available on