Protect and enhance natural and cultural resources, provide first-class recreational and education facilities and opportunities, and promote public safety to benefit and enrich the lives of visitors. State Parks is committed to this mission, employing professional, dedicated staff to ensure that parks are cared for and preserved to the highest professional standards. State park programs provide safe, fun and educational experiences - and a visit to a state park is a true value. Outdoor recreation is a driving force in New Mexico’s economy and State Parks is a key player. Connected to communities statewide, state parks are often economic drivers for local businesses, towns and cities. Many rural communities rely upon a state park as a major source of economic development.
The State Parks Division (State Parks) oversees New Mexico’s 35 parks that offer a great diversity of natural and cultural resources, providing recreational and educational opportunities for 4.2 million visitors in FY15.