COVID-19 Park Schedules and Rules

The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department continues to observe its Phase 2 status for parks and recreational programs that follows COVID-19 safe practices and the State Public Health Order still in place which includes:

  • Wearing face coverings in public
  • Practicing social distancing.
  • Limiting the numbers of people gathering to five or fewer

The following information is current as of Thursday, July 2. 

Current Status

Trails and public parks that are currently open with restrictions outlined for masks, group size and social distancing:

  • All City trails
  • Klein Park (Council District 1)
  • Tony Gomez Park/Frenger Park (Council District 2)
  • Las Cruces Dog Park (Council District 3)
  • La Llorona Park (Council District 4)
  • Twin Parks (Council District 5)
  • Desert Trails Community Park (Council District 6)

Pools  

  • Regional Aquatic Center – Limited lane and channel use and gym use by reservation only.
  • Frenger Pool – Limited lane use by reservation only.

See Pool tab below for more details. 

Youth Programs

  • The 2020 Summer Recreation Program that will begin on Wednesday, July 15 – Friday, August 7. Registration will begin Tuesday, June 30 thru Monday, July 6. Program and activities will follow the Governor’s guidelines on group size, and social distancing. Masks must be worn during the camp, and hand washing stations will be provided. Go to Summer Recreation Programs for more information.

Specialty parks and facilities closures until further notice:

  • City Parks (except those designated open; no services including water fountains and restrooms.)
  • Skate Park
  • BMX Track Athletic Ballfields
  • East Mesa Recreation Center
  • Frank O’Brien Papen Center
  • Meerscheidt Recreation Center

Operational closures until further notice:

  • Sports practice, league play, and tournaments on all City facilities (athletic fields and parks).
  • Parks permits are not being issued due to restrictions on group gatherings.
  • Youth and adult programming (except limited Summer Recreation Program. Go to Summer Recreation Programs for more information.)
  • All fitness classes
  • Juvenile Citation Program (JCP) activities.
  • Keep Las Cruces Beautiful (KLCB) Program activities
  • Administration offices are closed


  1. Trails
  2. Tennis
  3. Pickleball
  4. Remote Control Track & Airport
  5. Butterfield Shooting Range
  6. Pools
  7. Current Status

All City trails are open.

The public is asked to follow the guidelines below to create a safe environment for everyone.

  • Keep  a minimum of 6 ft. apart from others. No physical contact.
  • To observe social distancing, warn other users of your presence and step aside to let others pass.
  • Practice safe hygiene – wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, cover your mouth & nose while sneezing or coughing. 
  • Participants must dispose of their trash.

Restrooms/water fountains will not be available. Come prepared with your own water.

Trails are subject to closure if guidelines are not followed. 

For more information about City trails, go to Trails.