LOGAN (KSMX)- State park officials announced the closure of Ute Lake on its website yesterday, August 11, with limited information as to why and how long. After further inquiry, officials in Santa Fe stated that the lake was closed due to the high volume of visitation and minimal staff.
Susan Torres, Public Information Officer for the Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources Department, stated that “on Tuesday during routine screening at Ute Lake State Park, some employees reported a high temperature and were immediately sent home. The Park was closed out of an abundance of caution for the public’s safety and Park facilities are now undergoing a thorough cleaning.”
To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 state health officials placed restrictions on mass gatherings and out of state visitors entering state parks. Because of minimal staff at Ute Lake, officials had to close the park temporarily to ensure public health mandates are being utilized.
The closure is temporary and according to the state park officials, there is already a discussion on how to reopen safely.