State pushes to keep Land of Enchantment so enchanting

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The state parks department needs people’s help keeping the Land of Enchantment so enchanting.

From the mountain top views to the hidden lakes and Carlsbad Caverns to Angel Fire Ski Resort, it’s easy to see why New Mexico is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream.

“It is one of the most beautiful places on the planet to live. You name it, we have it,” said Linda Mcgarr.

More than 90 percent of adults in New Mexico participate in outdoor activities compared to 48 percent nationwide.

The state does a lot to keep it that way. It starts with a plan.

“The strategic plan has been done to conduct a survey of all of the outdoor recreation resources that we have in the state and to get input from the public on how we can best use those resources,” said New Mexico State Parks Design and Development Bureau Chief Judy Kowalski.

Every five years, the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department puts together a report showing the state’s outdoor recreation trends, needs and goals.

“This gives us an opportunity to pull our resources and identify all together where we are going, so we can get there together,” said Kowalski.

The newest plan, set to officially roll out in the next few months, showcases more trails, playgrounds, campsites, boating and swimming areas.

“I’d like to see campgrounds, stuff like the pond down here for the kids with the boats,” said Albuquerque resident Pete McDaniel.

In Albuquerque, people said they want more spots for kids to play and more connecting trails.

“More opportunities to do that is very important,” said Kowalski.

It’s important to keep residents happy and tourists coming back.

“It is truly the Land of Enchantment, ideas and enchantment in itself,” said Mcgarr.

The state will now get public input on its report.

There is a public meeting at Porter Hall in Santa Fe on October 15 at 6 p.m.

There is also a webinar at 10 a.m. on October 15.

Once the plan is finalized, the state will hand it out to communities to give them an idea on what people in their areas would like to see done. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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