Beautiful sights

Beautiful sights
Horses at blue water Lake state park

Monday, June 10, 2013

Entrance Gate at Bluewater Lake State Park

The volunteers do a lot of jobs here, and most of the jobs aren't difficult, but no park has enough money to pay personnel to do every job.  Hence, the need for Volunteers.

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! 
Entrance station

The entrance building is 4 ft wide and 8 ft long, no doors or windows, just a roof and sides.  The building does have an electrical outlet to run the cash register, so I guess it is pretty modern!

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!

Many of the public are resistant to the entrance fee of $5.00 per vehicle!
That fee allows boat launch, picnicking, fishing, and cooking over propane until the park closes at 9 p.m. Its a real bargain!


  1. How frustrating this must be. I hope this is the minority of guests.

  2. I swear, people are getting loonier by the day! Hopefully, you'll have better campers there soon!

  3. Same thing at Elephant Butte. I had two neighbors take the sign and tape off the bbq, pour wood or charcoal in and would have started a fire if the volunteer didn't stop one, and I stopped the other. The grandpa and his grandson came into my site to collect wood! Bad on both counts. People are so weird!

  4. Some people just think rules are there to be broken. Wonder what they'd think if they started a fire and people's lives were in danger.


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