Celebrate the 4th of July With New Mexico State Parks

Fireworks Displays Over Lake Waters
SANTA FE, NM – New Mexico State Parks invites the public to watch fireworks with us instead of lighting their own due to the extreme fire danger. Fireworks displays will be held over lake waters at Conchas Lake State Park, Elephant Butte Lake State Park, Eagle Nest Lake State Park, and Ute Lake State Park. 33 of 35 New Mexico state parks are open and many parks have activities scheduled over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
“Celebrate Independence Day with us and keep New Mexico safe from wildfire,” said Tommy Mutz, New Mexico State Parks Division Director. “Our fireworks displays will be held over lake waters with local fire officials on hand to prevent any fire danger.”
Firework displays held over water include:
Conchas Lake State Park – Fourth of July fireworks display will be held on Saturday, July 2nd at
9:00 p.m. Regular entrance fees to the park apply. For more information call: North Dock Marina, Ed Wright at 575-868-2251.
Elephant Butte Lake State Park – Fourth of July fireworks display will be held on Saturday, July 2nd at 9:30 p.m. Fireworks will be launched from Rattlesnake Island in the middle of the lake. A fantastic fireworks display can be viewed from the beach or on a boat on the lake. Park entrance fees are waived for the show only. For more information call: Jeff Harris at 575-744-5923.
Eagle Nest Lake State Park – Fourth of July fireworks display will be held on Monday July 4th at 9:00 p.m. and sponsored by the Village of Eagle Nest Lake. Fireworks will be launched over the northeast side of Eagle Nest Lake and visible from the Village of Eagle Nest, the main area of Eagle Nest Lake State Park, and the Moreno Day-Use Area. Regular entrance fees to the park apply. For more information call: Marshall Garcia at 575-377-1594.
Ute Lake State Park – Fourth of July fireworks display will be held on Saturday, July 2nd at 9:00 p.m. Park entrance fees are waived for the show only. For more information call: Rodney Paris at 575-487-2284.

Other state parks with activities commemorating the Fourth of July holiday include:
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park – The annual Carlsbad Area Art Association
Living Desert Show will be held on Friday, June 24th – Monday July 4th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00
p.m. It features the exhibit and sale of desert-themed artwork including pottery, jewelry, sculpture,
paintings, and more. Park entrance fees are waived for the show only. For more information call:
Kathryn Law at 575-887-5516.
Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park – A Bird Tour will be held on Saturday, July 2nd from 7:30
a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Join a Park Volunteer and learn the birds that are found in Mesilla Valley
Bosque State Park. Bring binoculars, water, close-toed shoes, and sunscreen. Regular entrance
fees to the park apply. For more information call: LuAnn Tafoya at 575-523-4398.
Navajo Lake State Park – A Solar Circus will be held on Saturday, July 2nd from 1:00 p.m. to
3:00 p.m. Active dynamics and constantly changing features make our nearest star, the sun, a
fascinating object to observe. Recently, the sun has returned to a more energetic phase in its 11-
year cycle. Our specially filtered solar telescope will allow you to safely observe sunspots and
solar prominences. Come share the view and learn about space weather and the sun-earth
connection. Regular entrance fees to the park apply. For more information call: 505-632-2278.
A Twilight Hike will be held on Saturday, July 2nd from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. As the sun sets, the
transition from day to night offers an enthralling time to experience the rhythm of nature. Often,
the twilight sky is draped with vibrant color and sometimes brighter stars, planets and a crescent
moon are visible. While generic for nexium name some creatures are winding down from their daily activity, others are just
getting started. Come join us for a leisurely hike, revel in the gloaming and welcome the beauty of
the night. Regular entrance fees to the park apply. For more information call: 505-632-2278.
A Star Party will be held on Sunday, July 3rd from 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Prepare for
Independence Day by viewing celestial fireworks in the night sky above Navajo Lake State Park.
We will begin the evening with a green laser guided tour of main stars and constellations before
sampling close-up views of star clusters, nebulae, distant galaxies and the planet Saturn through
the park telescope. Regular entrance fees to the park apply. For more information call: 505-632-
2278.
Oasis State Park – A Nature Walk will be held on Saturday, July 2nd from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Join park staff for a stroll through Oasis State Park to learn about the flora and fauna of the park.
Bring your walking shoes, sunscreen, binoculars and water. Meet at Group Shelter area. All ages
are invited to attend. Regular entrance fees to the park apply. For more information call: Valerie
Russ at 575-356-5331.
Oliver Lee State Park – A Summer Sky Tour will be held on Saturday, July 2nd from 9:00 p.m. to
10:30 p.m. The tour is sponsored by the Amateur Astronomers Group and featuring major
constellations like Heracles, Draco, and Leo that are connected by their mythology. Saturn will
also be prominent in the night sky. Come early and enjoy the beauty of Dog Canyon at sundown.
Meet at Group Shelter. Regular entrance fees to the park apply. For more information call:
Charles Wood at 575-437-8284.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park – A Flag Retirement Ceremony will be held Saturday, July 2nd from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Our annual Flag Retirement Ceremony is an interactive educational event. Visitors are invited to bring U.S. and state flags that are worn so they can be retired and disposed of respectfully. The ceremony starts with U.S. flag history and includes a sing-a-long of patriotic favorites. All who attend are invited to participate. Our two local fire departments and Boy Scouts will be assisting. If you have flags that need to be retired but will be unable to attend, they can be dropped off either at the Memorial, Angel Fire Visitor Center or Angel Fire Department Station #1 at 11 North Angel Fire Rd. There are no entrance fees Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park. For more information call: Kate German at 575-377-2293.
Visitors may reserve campsites in advance for the busy weekend at 1-877-664-7787 or online at www.nmparks.com. For more information about lakes, holiday activities and events throughout the year call 1-888-NMPARKS or visit the parks website at www.nmparks.com.
Reminder New Mexico State Forestry: expanded on the earlier fire restrictions due to prolonged drought conditions statewide and persistent high winds and low humidity, which has caused high to extreme fire danger. Some of the restrictions include:
Smoking: Allowed only in enclosed buildings, developed recreation areas, within structures, vehicles equipped with ashtrays on paved or surfaced roads.
Fireworks: Prohibited in all state and private wildlands outside city or federal jurisdictions. Wildland areas include lands covered wholly or in part by timber, brush, grass, grain or other flammable vegetation. Exceptions are allowed for fire department approved public exhibits.
Campfires Banned: in all open areas including New Mexico State Parks unless the following exceptions are met. An exception is granted to the above where cooking or heating devices use kerosene, white gas or propane as a fuel in an improved camping area that is cleared of all flammable vegetation for at least 30 feet or has a water source. For more information contact specific park managers or visit www.nmparks.com.