Summer is a perfect time to visit and experience a State Park, State Historic Site or a National Park or Monument. The New Mexico Tourism Department, New Mexico State Parks and Department of Cultural Affairs want to make it a lot more fun and rewarding. Find Your New Mexico True Park or Monument, capture a photo of your True experience while visiting, and then upload it and you could win some fabulous prizes!

Photos should capture YOUR fun, unique, and adventurous experience - How it is an authentic experience that can happen nowhere else? What makes it a New Mexico True experience? Is it New Mexico True because you and your family have camped at this park since you were little? It can be the cultural experience at a State or National Monument that you cannot find anywhere else. It can be the sunsets, you and your friends hiking the trails or a simple picnic at any one of 56 parks and sites to choose from. It’s your experience and your New Mexico True story. Capture these authentic experiences and share them with the world!

The Details

  • The photo must be taken in a New Mexico State Park, New Mexico Historic Site, or a New Mexico National Park or National Monument.
  • Submit as many captivating pictures as you want – and you don’t have to limit it to one park!
  • The pictures must emphasize what makes that park, site or monument True to you.

How to Win

  • Winners will be selected in Three Categories: Best State Park photo, Best State Historic Site photo and Best National Park or Monument photo. 
  • Winners will be selected by most votes on the Find Your New Mexico True Park photomap. Votes will be totaled for the duration of the contest.
  • Prizes will be given away to the top three most voted for photos in each category. 
  • On or about September 5th, 2016, a panel of judges comprised of representatives of the Sponsor will select the winning entrant. See Official Rules for judging criteria.
  • Participants are encouraged to share their photos and solicit ratings through social media.
  • Random drawing(s) will award all remaining prizes, excluding the Top Voted on Photos in each of the three categories. Everyone has a chance to win!

Enter Now

The contest has now ended and no new entries are being accepted.

Prizes

Grand Prize Photo:

  • $1,000 Cash.

Top-Voted New Mexico True State Park Photos

First Place:

  • Sun Dolphin Bali 10’ Sit-On Kayak - Donated by the Friends Group of Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park ($300.00 value).
  • America the Beautiful Annual Pass. Donated by the National Park Service, Bandelier National Monument.

Second Place:

  • Two Night Stay at the Townhouse Suites in Carlsbad New Mexico,  four tickets to Christmas on the Pecos, four tickets to Carlsbad Caverns, lunch for four at Trinity Hotel and lunch for four at Lucy’s Restaurant.
  • Four all day kayak passes at Elephant Butte State Park donated by Zia Kayak Outfitters.

Third Place:

  • New Mexico State Parks Annual Camping Pass – (valued $180.00).
  • 4-pack Family Adventure Bicycle Tour in Albuquerque donated by Routes Rentals.
  • Four all day kayak passes at Elephant Butte State Park donated by Zia Kayak Outfitters.
  • Two New Mexico Culture Passes donated by the Department of Cultural Affairs.

Top-Voted New Mexico True National Parks and Monuments Photos

First Place:

  • GOPRO Hero Waterproof Camera - Donated by the Friends of Clayton Lake State Park (Value $140.00).
  • America the Beautiful Annual Pass donated by the National Park Service, Bandelier National Monument.

Second Place:

  • Ghost Ranch 1-Night Stay for Two People, includes breakfast and access to the Florence Hawley Ellis Museum of Anthropology and the Ruth Hall Museum of Paleontology.
  • Bandelier National Monument Annual Pass donated by Bandelier National Monument.

Third Place:

  • Bandelier National Monument Annual Pass donated by Bandelier National Monument.
  • 2-pack Bosque River Bike Tour donated by Routes Rentals.
  • Bandelier National Monument Sky Dive DVD donated by Bandelier National Monument.

Top-Voted New Mexico True State Historical Site Photos

First Place:

  • New Mexico State Parks Annual Camping Pass – (valued $180.00).
  • America the Beautiful Annual Pass donated by the National Park Service, Bandelier National Monument.

Second Place:

  • Black Range Lodge 1-Night Stay for Four People in Kingston NM, includes breakfast.
  • Four passes to the planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center, in Los Alamos, NM, donated by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

Third Place:

  • Double Eagle Sunday Brunch for Four People donated by Double Eagle restaurant in Mesilla, NM.
  • Four all day kayak passes at Elephant Butte State Park donated by Zia Kayak Outfitters.
  • Two New Mexico Culture Passes, donated by the Department of Cultural Affairs.

Everyone has a Chance to Win! Random drawings will award the following prizes:

  • Department of Cultural Affairs Prize Package: Two New Mexico Culture Passes, one two year subscription to El Palacio Magazine and one $25.00 gift certificate for lunch at the Museum Hill Café (3 Random Drawings).
  • Two-pack New Mexico Culture Passes (4 Random Drawings).
  • Offbeat New Mexico: Places of Unexpected History, Art and Culture donated by Off Beat Travel (3 Random Drawings).
  • North Star Puzzle donated by North Star Puzzle Company (2 Random Drawings).
  • Bandelier National Monument Sky Dive DVD (1 Random Drawing).
  • Four all day kayak passes at Elephant Butte State Park donated by Zia Kayak Outfitters (3 Random Drawings).
  • Two Culture Passes donated by the Department of Cultural Affairs (8 Random Drawings).
  • One annual day pass to all 35 New Mexico State Parks. From September 2016– September 2017, $40.00 value (5 Random Drawings).
  • One New Mexico State Parks annual Camping Pass  $140.00 value (1 Random Drawing).
  • Information and literature packages to The Manhattan Project National Park, Bandelier National Park, Aztec Ruins National Park, El Malpais/El Morro National Park and Chaco Culture National Historical Park (1 Random Drawing).