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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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Old 06-22-2020, 07:10 AM   #5
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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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Old 10-14-2020, 10:47 AM   #7
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Sorry I never followed up on this. New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department is not offering any refund nor extensions on the annual pass. They have reopened many of the parks for camping now but they’re restricted to NM residents only. When I purchased the pass, my plan was to use it for 6-8 weeks in the spring on my way home to MI for the summer and 6-8 weeks in the fall before heading to AZ for the winter.
I respect their decision not to refund the passes as well as restricting camping to residents only but fail to understand them not extending the pass for out of state holders once the parks reopen for our use. The pass was not cheap and mine was only valid for less than 2 months before they closed the parks. I’d like the opportunity to be able to use the additional 10 months of my pass when NM decides to reopen their parks for out of state campers.
Like many, I have been deeply impacted financially during this time and was counting heavily on my ability to spend 3-4 months in NM with my pass to stay within budget.
If anyone has any recommendations on affordable alternatives that doesn’t require me to dry camp, I will be headed to AZ on Nov 4th and need to find places to stay until my AZ winter reservation start Dec 1. I’m disabled, travel alone, and usually have to stop and stay for a week to rest after traveling 2 consecutive days. I have the federal disability pass bu finding ACE, National Forest, or National Park sites with electrical is not very easy.
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Sign up for Passport America. With your flexible schedule you'd be able to use it easily as you travel to Arizona. You can see a list of their RV parks on their website. Good luck!
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Sort of related, but not about passes:
New Mexico State Parks cancelled our reservation at Oliver Lee State Park due to Covid, refunded the nightly rate. But ReserveAmerica kept the reservation fee and will not refund it.

Stay away from ReserveAmerica, they are a bunch of thieves.
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The pass is cheap enough. The parks are hurting. I certainly wouldn't press them for a refund.
Normally I would agree with you, but, like many other people, Iíve lost much of my income during this time and the lodging expenses I took on over the time this spring and fall that was going to be spent at NM State Parks have put me in a very difficult situation.
I totally understand their caution regarding COVID and their reluctance to issue refunds for annual passes but I donít think itís unreasonable to extend the out of state passes once they reopen.
I am disabled and I lost all of my supplemental income in June. Prior to the outbreak, I had already moved out of my home and was in the process of relocating to Tucson and had to end my search for a home when I lost the majority of my income. Iím ow living full-time in my small travel trailer and am struggling. If NM were to reopen their parks to out of state campers when my pass expires Jan 30, I would not be able to afford to to renew it.
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Good News!
New Mexico opened their state park campgrounds to non residents finally and also reversed their decision to not reimburse for annual passes that didnít get used. Their website states:
ďAnnual Camping Permits (ACP) that were purchased from March 2019 through February 2021 will be extended to provide a full 12-month value of the permit. ACPs purchased during this time will be honored for 12-months of validity or may be replaced with a new permit that indicates the new expiration date. Holders of ACPs that are eligible for extension must present the previously issued ACP stickers or the original yellow receipt copy.Ē
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Good News!
New Mexico opened their state park campgrounds to non residents finally and also reversed their decision to not reimburse for annual passes that didnít get used. Their website states:
ďAnnual Camping Permits (ACP) that were purchased from March 2019 through February 2021 will be extended to provide a full 12-month value of the permit. ACPs purchased during this time will be honored for 12-months of validity or may be replaced with a new permit that indicates the new expiration date. Holders of ACPs that are eligible for extension must present the previously issued ACP stickers or the original yellow receipt copy.Ē
Good to hear BAMICH. Thanks for letting us know.
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