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Old 06-19-2020, 06:41 PM   #1
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New Mexico State Parks

I am a NM State Park annual pass holder. I lost my plans to travel NM during March and April due to COVID-19 closure. Iíve been keeping an eye on their news releases and see they have extended overnight closures from the original planned reopening today until after 4th July.
I know they are offering refunds for canceled reservations but that doesnít help us pass holders. Iíve been trying to find information on whether they are issuing at least partial refunds but havenít found anything.

Iím going to give the State Park number a call on Monday but was wondering if anyone has had the same experience and have you been refunded?

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Old 06-20-2020, 10:29 PM   #2
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I'm in a similar situation, my New Mexico State annual pass expired the end of May so I lost several months of use, and from what I understand so far nobody's talking about refunds or even adding on some time when we buy a new annual pass.

Please report back what you hear I would be very interested.


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Old 06-20-2020, 11:12 PM   #3
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The pass is cheap enough. The parks are hurting. I certainly wouldn't press them for a refund.
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Old 06-21-2020, 03:56 PM   #4
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We are heading to NM mid July and are hoping the state park camp grounds are open by then. We are self contained so we would be ok with limited facilities like no open bathrooms or showers.
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It's absolutely ridiculous to close the State Parks. What better way to practice social distancing than the open outdoors of a state park. I sometimes wonder about the intelligence and common sense of our elected officials. We are headed for Caballo SP in the fall with a group of Jeep enthusiasts. If they are still closed we will take our rigs and the money that we would spend in the area to a place that welcomes business.
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Old 06-23-2020, 01:17 PM   #6
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I agree with you twogypsies, some of the New Mexico parks are hurting, and barely have enough money to survive. I think it was about a year ago I watched the head ranger at Storrie Lake state Park in Las Vegas New Mexico walk behind a dump truck filling up potholes in the campground road with a shovel. And when I talked to him later he confirmed he wasn't doing it for his health.

I really appreciate New Mexico's annual pass deal because it allows me to boondock for free all over New Mexico so I use it quite a lot. But that being said the state of New Mexico offered to sell me something and I paid money for what they were selling, it's a business deal and I believe they need to hold up their end of the bargain.

I think it sounds perfectly fair and reasonable to compensate me, and of course anyone else, when we buy another pass to make it a 15 month pass instead of a 12 month pass. Or charge us $200 instead of $225 for the one year pass. Anything to show that they care and are concerned that their customers didn't get their money's worth.

You obviously care about New Mexico state parks, as do I, and I will continue buying their annual pass because it benefits me greatly, I just hope they see a way to show their concern for those of us that support those parks and the little towns nearby.


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