Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Chamizal National Memorial officials announced they are increasing recreational access beginning Thursday, June 11th.
“The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At Chamizal National Memorial, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance and will be regularly monitored,” Chamizal park officials shared. “We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.”
Beginning Thursday, June 11, Chamizal National Memorial will reopen access to the park grounds and outdoor restrooms. As always, there is no entry fee.
With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time:
- Administration Building
- Franklin G. Smith Gallery
- Cultural Center
- Visitor Information Center
- Park Store
While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased, and services may be limited. When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and avoid high-risk outdoor activities.
The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.
The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.