The last few days I've been learning the job of Gate attendant. Our job is to answer questions, give directions, collect fees, and help individuals who have a problem. Surprisingly, many people don't want to understand the simple rules!
We have a statewide fire ban for wood and charcoal fires, and also an outdoor smoking ban. Wildfires are an ever present danger in New Mexico.
Another large sign states that no fires are allowed, but many, many folks cut park trees and start fires anyway! There is a yellow plastic strip on each fire ring which states "NO FIRES" .
People take the tape off the fire ring and then start a fire with the illegal wood and THEN say that they didn't know that they couldn't have a fire!
That fee allows boat launch, picnicking, fishing, and cooking over propane until the park closes at 9 p.m. Its a real bargain!