BLM temporarily closes Santa Cruz Lake Recreation Area for public safety

TAOS, N.M. – The Bureau of Land Management Taos Field Office has temporarily closed access to the Santa Cruz Lake Recreation Area due to winter weather conditions and public safety concerns. The lake is currently covered in a sheet of ice and may be dangerous to the public if they visit the area. The BLM will continue to assess the area and will notify the public when conditions allow the reopening for public use.  

For more updates and additional information about the Santa Cruz Lake Recreation Area, please call BLM Taos Field Office Park Manager Teddy Lucero at (505) 901-8436 or visit the Santa Cruz Lake Recreation Area.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in the 11 Western states and Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.

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