The Department of the Interior’s current COVID-19 policy incorporates CDC guidance. As CDC science-based guidance changes, our policy will adapt. Visitors have always been encouraged by DOI to review CDC guidance when making their plans to recreate responsibly. CDC guidance indicates that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations. Unvaccinated people must wear a mask indoors in DOI buildings at all times and outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained. All people, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask on all forms of public transportation and in healthcare settings on DOI lands. We will continue to ask visitors to follow CDC guidance to recreate responsibly.
The latest information on changes to facilities and services in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) is available here.
What We Manage
BLM employees in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas care for 13.5 million acres of public lands, plus 42 million acres of federal oil, natural gas, and minerals. These lands contain nationally-significant energy and mineral resources, a great variety of wildlife, and an abundance of recreational opportunities.
Come explore our outstanding national monuments and wilderness areas, visit unique historic and prehistoric sites, and enjoy our developed recreation sites. You will see that public lands in New Mexico offer breathtaking scenery, from rolling prairies and lush riparian areas to open woodlands and desert peaks – the iconic landscapes of the American West.
BLM employees in Texas manage the 11,000-acre Cross Bar property near Amarillo, plus the nation’s Federal Helium Program. BLM Oklahoma manages federal surface acreage as well as nearly 20 million acres of federal and Indian mineral estate in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas, plus long-term holding facilities for wild horses. BLM Oklahoma also manages a very active horse and burro adoption program.