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© Neil Knott

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
'Sand Hills in the morning'
© Dan Verrips


Lincoln National Forest
'Dog Canyon'
© copyright Ted Gorczyca

Taken in the Lincoln National Forest Rt 137

Navajo Lake State Park
'Navajo Lake State Park'
© Copyright Annick Desjardins, 2007-2008

Cimarron Canyon State Park
'The Palisades'
© Kristy Ashmore

New Mexico's Southwest Region Parks

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Parks in this region are near these New Mexico Cities (click city name to see parks within 25 miles)

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
Bosque del Apache is Spanish for woods of the Apache, and is rooted in the time when the Spanish observed Apaches routinely camped in the riverside forest. Since then the name has come to mean one of the most spectacular national wildlife refuges in North America. Here, tens of thousands of birds--including ........more >
Cibola National Forest
The Cibola National Forest is comprised of 13 separate parcels of land scattered eastward from west central New Mexico into northeastern New Mexico, the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles and western Oklahoma. This includes four National Forest Districts totalling 1.6 million acres and two National Grassland ........more >
City of Rocks State Park
Formed of volcanic ash 30 million years ago and sculpted by wind and water into rows of monolithic blocks, City of Rocks State Park takes its name from these incredible rock formations. Cactus gardens and hiking trails add to this unique destination. In addition, our park rests beneath some of the ........more >
Elephant Butte Lake State Park
The largest and most popular lake in New Mexico, Elephant Butte Lake State Park provides a setting for every imaginable water sport. The visitor center offers regional interpretive exhibits. The mild climate of the area makes this park a popular year-round destination.........more >
Gila National Forest
Popular theory says that the word Gila was derived from a Spanish contraction of Hah-quah-sa-eel, a Yuma Indian word meaning running water which is salty. The naming of the Gila National Forest is indicative of its interesting history and beauty. The Forest, tucked away in southwestern New Mexico, is ........more >
Leasburg Dam State Park
Leasburg Dam State Park offers year-round camping, picnicking and bird watching. From about mid-March through mid-October, the park also offers fishing, canoeing and kayaking in the Rio Grande. The dam channels water from the Rio Grande for irrigation in the Mesilla Valley. Nearby Fort Selden State ........more >
New Mexico State Fish Hatchery
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Pancho Villa State Park
On March 9, 1916, the soldiers of General Francisco Pancho Villa attacked the small border town and military camp at Columbus, New Mexico. Pancho Villa State Park contains extensive historical exhibits which depict this raid, the first armed invasion of the continental United States since the War of ........more >
Rock Hound State Park
Located on the rugged west slope of the Little Florida Mountains, Rockhound State Park is a favorite for rockhounds because of the abundant agates and quartz crystals found there. Hiking trails provide spectacular views of the surrounding landscape.........more >
San Andres National Wildlife Refuge
The San Andres National Wildlife Refuge is located in the southern San Andres Mountains of southcentral New Mexico. The mountain range, which lies within the northernmost extension of the Chihuahuan Desert, rises to an elevation of 8,229 feet at San Andres peak. Refuge habitats vary from creosote ........more >
Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge
Located in the Chihuahuan desert 20 miles north of Socorro, New Mexico, the land that is now Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge has a fascinating and long history. Sevilleta NWR is managed primarily as a research area, and is closed to most recreational uses. However, limited waterfowl and dove hunting ........more >
Spring Canyon State Park
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