Visitor Centers

BLM has the following four visitor contact centers in New Mexico:

Dripping Springs Visitor Center

Las Cruces District Office -- The Dripping Springs Visitor Center offers interpretive displays of the Organ Mountains. It is located ten miles east of Interstate 25, Exit 1, on the western edge of the Organ Mountains in the Dripping Springs Natural Area. It is open all year, except Winter holidays, from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 p.m. Phone: 505.522.1219.

El Malpais Ranger Station/BLM Visitor Center

Rio Puerco Field Office -- The Ranger Station has exhibits about the cultural and historical aspects of the El Malpais National Conservation Area. It also has information on the natural history, birds, plants, and geology about this portion of New Mexico. An eight-minute orientation video is available for viewing upon request. The visitor center also has a bookstore, picnic table, plant garden, water, and restrooms.

The visitor center is located off New Mexico State Road 117, nine miles south of Interstate 40. From I-40 take exit 89 and travel south through the northern end of the El Malpais National Conservation Area. The visitor center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day. It is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

Rio Grande Gorge Visitor Center

Taos Field Office -- The visitor center is located in Pilar, NM, at the intersection of NM 570 and NM 68, 2873 North State Road 68. The Visitor Center is open 7 days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., from Memorial Day to Labor Day. After Labor Day, the Center is open Friday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. For more information, contact the Visitor Center at 505.751.4899, or the Taos Field Office at 505.758.8851.

Wild Rivers Visitor Center

Taos Field Office -- The Visitor Center provides information not only about the recreation experiences to be had in the area but also about the geological and natural history of this diverse and interesting area.

The visitor center is located in Cerro, NM, at 1120 Cerro Road. Go north from Questa on NM 522 and turn left on State Road 378; the Visitor Center is about 17 miles from the turn off. The Visitor Center is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., and additional hours as staffing permits. After Labor Day, the Visitor Center is open as staffing permits. For more information, contact the Visitor Center at 505.770.1600 or the Taos Field Office at 505.758.8851.


BLM New Mexico Outdoor Recreation Areas

Photo of BLM Visitor Center

Visitor Centers Visitor Centers

Las Cruces District Office
 Dripping Springs Natural Area

Rio Puerco Field Office

 El Malpais National Conservation Area

Taos Field Office

 

Wild Rivers Recreation Area

 Orilla Verde Recreation Area