BLM announces opening of Santa Cruz Lake Recreation Area


BLM New Mexico Taos Field Office

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Taos, N.M. - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Taos Field Office will open the Santa Cruz Lake Recreation Area for the season on March 1. The lake covers 121 surface acres at the base of Sangre de Cristo Mountains and offers recreational opportunities for boating, fishing, hiking, picnicking and camping.


WHO: Bureau of Land Management, Taos Field Office
WHAT: Santa Cruz Lake Recreation Area opens (Camping will be available with the arrival of warmer weather and improved soil conditions)
WHEN: March 1 thru May 14 - Thursday through Monday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
      Beginning May 15 - Thursday through Monday, 6a.m. - 8 p.m.
Daily Use Fee - $5 per vehicle
Annual Passes - $20 per vehicle.

Gentle Reminders:

  • Please be prepared with the exact cash or checks for payment; and
  • Boaters are required to be off the water 30 minutes prior to closing so the Entrance Gate can be closed at 5 p.m.


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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.