The mission of the Friends of the Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park is to build with the Park an enduring collaborative relationship that engages our members in supporting, enhancing, and promoting the Park in our community.
We are a 501(c)3 organization whose purpose is to support the Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park. All donations and memberships are tax deductible. Please join us and help conserve this important resource.
|Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, dedicated on Dec. 13, 2008, is located along the west bank of the Rio Grande, southwest of the community of Mesilla. The park currently consists of about 300 acres and future plans will expand the park to 1,000 acres.|
At the entrance, the park features a new $2 million, 7,500-square-foot, energy-efficient visitor center and administrative complex. The visitor center houses interpretive exhibits and classrooms, and it includes an outdoor amphitheater and a native plant garden.
Park Objectives supported by the Friends Group
Restoration and preservation: restore the wildlife and native plant communities in those areas where they have been damaged or displaced by human activities and invasive species, as well as to protect any natural environment remnants and any cultural resources.
Outdoor recreation: attract those drawn to the outdoors — for example, birders, native plant enthusiasts, hikers, sportsmen and wildlife photographers.
Education: enrich the knowledge of adults and children about the wildlife and native plant communities along the Rio Grande, teaching them about the crucial importance of our environment.
From Calle del Norte: Turn left on South Fairacres Road onto the Rio Grande Levee road (dirt road). Drive 1.5 miles south to the park office.
From South Fairacres Road: Proceed thru the park gate onto the Rio Grande Levee road (dirt road). Drive 1.5 miles south to the park office.
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Jan Kirwan, Park Superintendent
Winter schedule (November 4 to March 31)
Monday-Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Park Entrance Fee
There is a $5 per car entrance fee. Annual day-use passes are available for $40. There is no camping permitted in the park. Bicycles may be parked at the visitor center at no charge. Bicycles and dogs are not permitted in the park beyond the visitor center.
Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years
Friends of Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park
P.O. Box 1473 Mesilla, New Mexico 88046
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