Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Bluewater Lake State Park Now Bans Horseback Riders

Bluewater Lake State Park has been open to horse back riders for many years and has an extensive trail system away from the lake. This year they have banned all horse back riders completely. If you have ever ridden the really beautiful trails on the State park lands or have been wanting to take a trip over there to check them out, you will now be kicked out.

We the local riders have not been given any answer at all as to why the trails have been closed. Please consider calling the Head of NM department of State Parks and ask why horseback riders are suddenly banned. Although the Riders have been banned, they still allow the local rez ponies and the cattle to roam over the park grounds.

State Park Contact Information:
Bluewater Lake State Park
P.O. Box 3419
Perwitt, New Mexico 87045
Phone: 505-876-2391

New Mexico State Parks
1220 South St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87505
P.O. Box 1147
Santa Fe, NM 87504
P: (505) 476-3355
or 1-888-NMPARKS
F: (505) 476-3361 

Here are some of the views from trails around the lake


  1. How sad, looks like a beautiful area to trail ride. Ridiculous that they won't give a reason for closing the trails. Hope you at least get an answer.

  2. We're running into the same problem on trails in my area. I imagine the reason is the selfish hikers and bikers who are (unfortunately) the vocal majority and therefore unwilling to share the trails. We've tried to be proactive in declaring new trails 'multi-use corridors' before the mountain bikers have an opportunity to restrict access.

  3. Terrible! Hikers and bikers complain about horse manure on trails, but don't seem to mind the damage caused by the bike tires or the piles of dog crap on the trails. bah!