ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) –Nearly a year has passed, since the state was in such a bad drought campers were forbidden to have an open fire. But this year’s rainfall has been a lifeline for New Mexico State Park enthusiasts. With all of the moisture, river and lake levels from all across the state are up. Which has helped keep state parks across New Mexico stay green, and is why for the first time in several years campers won’t be left in the dark this Labor Day weekend.
“Restrictions on fire have been lifted so all campgrounds are allowing campfires this year at our state park,” explained New Mexico State Park Representative Christina Cordova.
Officials with the New Mexico State Park say the state’s recent drought and heavy fire danger forced them to restrict visitors from having a summertime favorite…campfires.
But all that’s changed.
The summer rains this year were enough to relieve much of the state from severe drought and lessen it for the rest of the state.
State Park said the rain also helped to boost attendance.
“So Elephant Butte has 65 campsites, Navajo has 100 campsites and all are booked on our online reservation system. They don’t have any campsites available for this labor day weekend.” Cordova said.
Cordova said despite some parks already booked to capacity, there are parks that have some campsites on a first come, first serve basis. Out of 643 campsites the State Park has available online, there are only 18 available right now.
State Park officials said it’s teaming up with the New Mexico Tourism group to entice residents to vacation and “staycation” here in the Land of Enchantment.
The group even has a video contest people can enter to win a number of prizes.