- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico is reopening Manzano Mountains State Park after a two-year closure.

State Parks Division Director Tommy Mutz said Monday the park will open on April 21.

The public can begin booking reservations Tuesday online (https://bit.ly/1hWfP0n) or by calling a toll free number, 1-877-664-7787.

The park is in the eastern foothills of the Manzano Mountains near Mountainair.

Parks Division spokeswoman Beth Wojahn said the park was closed because of a high danger of wildfires and the agency shifted its resources to other parks while coping with a state government budget squeeze.

The park previously operated only seasonably. However, the agency has assigned a ranger to the site full time and hopes to keep the park open year-round depending on the wildfire risk in the area.

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