Most tourist spots a go despite drought

Posted at: 05/10/2013 8:33 AM
Updated at: 05/10/2013 2:47 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

New Mexico tourism and state parks officials want people to know that despite the crippling drought that's hit the state, most tourist hot spots are still open for business.

They specifically want to amp up awareness about the fact that despite some low water levels, most water recreation is still open for business.

"It's kind of normal times for it, theres still a lot of surface acreage to boat on, Navajo, Butte Lake are all in really good condition," Tommy Mutz of New Mexico State Parks said.

Kayaking, canoeing and fishing are still good to go. Officials say that even where there are low water levels, there's a silver lining- they're able to do much needed maintenance such as working on boat ramps.

Popular spots like Elephant Butte Lake and Navajo Lake are still open for business; for now, Clayton, Conchas, Morphy and Storrie are closed.

The Tourism Department plans to take photos and videos of people enjoying the lakes to show potential visitors that despite what comes to mind when you hear drought, things aren't that bad.