NM State Parks & Historic Sites

New Mexico State Parks

The State Parks Division of the Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department manages 35 State Parks throughout New Mexico. State Parks feature an array of backdrops that are as diverse as they are spectacular, from amazing geological features at City of Rocks State Park, to a breathtaking lake view set amongst towering Ponderosa Pines at Fenton Lake State Park to Bottomless Lakes State Park, which offers sinkhole lakes, ranging from 17 to 90 feet deep. State Parks are rich with history and unusual wildlife. All State Parks require a Film and Photography Permit and at least a thirty day notice. The cost progresses depending on the scope and needs of the project. Permits can be submitted to the Park Superintendent and are referred to the State Park Business Enterprise Coordinator for final approval. For State Parks Film and Photography Permit application questions and information, or for State Park filming location suggestions or guidance, contact Grady Barrens, Business Enterprise Coordinator at (505) 476-3393 or grady.barrens@state.nm.us.


New Mexico State Park Offices

  • Bluewater Lake (Grants): (505) 876-2391
  • Bottomless Lakes (Roswell): (575) 624-6058
  • Brantley Lake (Carlsbad): (575) 457-2384
  • Caballo Lake, Percha Dam (Caballo): (575) 743-3942
  • Cimarron Canyon (Cimarron): (575) 377-6271
  • City of Rocks (Deming): (575) 536-2800
  • Clayton Lake (Clayton): (575) 374-8808
  • Conchas Lake (Tucumcari): (575) 868-2270
  • Coronado State Park (Bernalillo): (505) 867-5589
  • Coyote Creek, Morphy Lake (Mora): (575) 387-2328
  • Elephant Butte Lake (Truth or Consequences): (575) 744-5923
  • El Vado Lake (Tierra Amarilla): (575) 588-7247
  • Fenton Lake (Los Alamos): (505) 829-3630
  • Heron Lake (Tierra Amarilla): (575) 588-7470
  • Hyde Memorial State Park (Sante Fe): (505) 983-7175
  • Leasburg State Park (Las Cruces): (575) 524-4068
  • Living Desert State Park (Carlsbad): (575) 887-5516
  • Manzano Mountains State Park (Mountainair): (505) 847-2820
  • Mesilla Valley: (575) 524-4068
  • Navajo Lake (Farmington): (505) 632-2278
  • Oasis State Park (Portales): (575) 356-5331
  • Oliver Lee Memorial Park (Alamogordo): (575) 437-8284
  • Pancho Villa State Park (Columbus): (575) 531-2711
  • Rio Grande Nature Center (Albuquerque): (505) 344-7240
  • Rockhound State Park (Deming): (575) 546-6182
  • Santa Rosa Lake (Santa Rosa): (575) 472-3110
  • Storrie Lake (Las Vegas): (505) 425-7278
  • Sugarite Canyon (Raton): (575) 445-5607
  • Sumner Lake (Fort Sumner): (575) 355-2541
  • Ute Lake (Logan): (575) 487-2284
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Eaglenest): (575) 377-6900
  • Villanueva State Park (Villanueva): (575) 421-2957

New Mexico Department of Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources

Department of Cultural Affairs
2040 South Pacheco
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505 – 5472S


Historic sites

New Mexico Historic Sites: Coronado (Bernalillo), Bosque Redondo Memorial (Fort Sumner), Fort Selden (Radium Springs), Fort Stanton, Los Luceros (Alcalde), Jemez (Jemez Springs) and the town of Lincoln represents seven historic and cultural sites dating from 1300-1891 AD with Pueblo ruins, military forts, mission churches, historic trails and a frontier town. For more information please visit: http://nmhistoricsites.org/.

Permits ensure that the historic structures and cultural sites are protected and that visitor use is unimpeded. Historic Sites is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs. Contact for permits/fees: Historic Sites Santa Fe Office via email: DCA-NMHS-info@state.nm.us.


State Land Office

The New Mexico State Land Office manages 8.75 million acres of surface estate and 13 million acres of mineral estate for agriculture/grazing, oil, gas & mineral activities are distributed to the beneficiaries – the public schools. State trust lands are located throughout the state and may be available for filmmaking by acquiring a Right of Entry permit from the Surface Resources Division located in Santa Fe.

Anthony Vigil
Surface Resources Division Director
(505) 827-5710