Public Lands Interpretive Association We help you learn about, visit, and enjoy public land!

PLIA provides visitors of public lands with information and educational materials such as up-to-date fire news and alerts, and an online map center with Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, and other maps helpful to users of public lands.

We provide educational and interpretive materials to the public at PLIA sales outlets, in visitor centers, and other facilities, operate campground concessions on Kaibab National Forest, AZ, publish books and other educational materials, develop interpretive products, administer grants, operate Public Lands Information Centers in Arizona and New Mexico, develop, operate and maintain

Mission: Public Lands Interpretive Association's mission is to “inspire and educate the public about the natural and cultural heritage resources of America’s public lands.”

[06/03/19]   Saturday, June 8 –7 PM 2 hours
Second Saturday Lecture Series
Wild Rivers Amphitheater, Cerro, NM
Cuentos y Historias de Questa, A Glimpse Into the
Pastby Flavio Cisneros
Flavio is one of Questa’s unofficial historians. Born and
raised in Questa, he has not only studied and taught the
history of this area, he has lived it aswell. We look
forward to Flavio’s stories and a historic overview of

[06/01/19]   Sunday, June 2 –12:30 PM come early stay late!
Celebration of the Ute and San Antonio Wilderness
Designations, Wild Rivers Visitor Center
Join the Rio Grande del Norte Coalition to celebrate the
newest wilderness areas and the retirement of former
Rio Grande del Norte National Monument Manager,
John Bailey. There will be a complimentary
enchilada/posole lunch provided as well as raptors, fun
activities. Come to the Visitor Center at Wild Rivers in
Cerro, NM ready to eat some good food and have some

National Trails Day, June 1. Pictured below is The Catwalk National Recreation Trail in Gila National Forest, New Mexico.

El Valle Astronomers at Wild Rivers Visitor Center, May 31, 8 pm. Members of the astronomy club will be setting up their telescopes at the VC parking lot and will be hosting a Star Party beginning at 8 pm. Bring warm clothing, water, and a flashlight with a red filter for night viewing.

10 of the top U.S. cities for nature lovers

We're glad to see Albuquerque, NM is ranked the #1 U.S. city for nature lovers!

Whether you live here or you are planning a visit, be sure to spend time outdoors on the many public lands this area has to offer!

#publiclands #albuquerqueoutdoors An analysis of the nation's largest metro areas reveals some of the top urban destinations for people who love the outdoors.

Come on out to the Kaibab National Forest-Williams District this Memorial Day Weekend to learn from our naturalists about local wildlife, wetlands and other features of the forest!

[05/22/19]   Slide Trail/Old 570, Orilla Verde, Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Meet park ranger Tom Adams on Saturday, May 25 at 9 am at the Slide Trailhead at the end of County Road C-110 for this relatively easy hike into the Gorge. Once at the bottom, Tom will give an overview of the history of the bridges that have been here and of the activities that have left their mark on the landscape. Hike is 3 miles roundtrip.

Impending motherhood--Albuquerque BioPark

May 18 is WORLD MIGRATORY BIRD DAY. Twenty-fifth anniversary celebration at the Rio Grande Gorge Visitor Center in Pilar, NM. Bird Walks led by BLM biologist Ryan Besser start at the Visitor Center at 6:30 am and again at 9 am; kids' activities from 8:30 to 11 am also at the Visitor Center. Live raptors and owls presentation by staff with the Santa Fe Raptor Center, also at 11 am.

Mothers' Day hike at Orilla Verde, Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Join park rangers Randy Roch, Tom Adams, and Bryan Marquardt for this easy, 2.5 mile round trip hike on the La Vista Verde Trail. Meet at the trailhead on NM 567 about 0.5 mile past the Taos Junction Bridge on May 12 at 9 am.

Whitewater action on the Rio Grande is about to kick into high gear. Don't be left out of the excitement! The river is at 1,800 cfs at the Taos Junction Bridge.

Park Ranger Randy Roch will lead a moderately difficult 2 miles round trip hike in the Lower Gorge of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument on Sunday, May 5. Meet at the Picuris/Slide Trail trail head just south of the Taos Junction Bridge on NM 570 at 9 am. Bring water, hiking boots and sunscreen/hat. You will learn about the geologic forces at work in this area and also of human use dating back a few thousand years.

Our new products celebrate the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Available at the PLIA stores in the Rio Grande Gorge and the Wild Rivers visitor centers or online at

Our PLIA mascot, Snuggles, is ready to greet fans of public lands at our office and store in Albuquerque, NM. #FriYay #publiclandspup

Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, New Mexico. Space, sky and solitude.

April 22 is Earth Day. What will you do to make our planet a better place? Tell us.

High school students from Albuquerque, NM learned about native plants and riparian habitats along the Rio Grande today thanks to Yerba Mansa Project and their Field Guide Field Trips program.

The Public Lands Interpretive Association provides needed funding for school buses for this program and is proud to partner with Yerba Mansa to support opportunities for youth to explore public lands.

Challenge coins date back to the World War I era. They were designed specifically for a military unit and were popular with Air Force and the Army Special Forces. This memorial coin was issued for the 150th anniversary of Ft. Craig and it is made available again by PLIA

Backyard Burning | Smokey Bear

April 7-13 is Southwest Wildfire Awareness Week. This year’s theme is “Prevention today for protection tomorrow.” The focus of the week is to promote actions that prevent human-caused wildfire and reduce the risk of wildfire to homes and communities.

One step you can take to prevent wildfires is to learn before you burn waste and debris in your backyard.

#WildfireSafety #SouthwestWildfireAwarenessWeek #SmokeyBear Learn before you burn. Be sure to follow these important rules when burning yard waste in your backyard.

Celebrate the spring wildflower season with this beautiful gauze knit long sleeve pullover by WishDesigns. Available only at our Sabino Canyon store.

AMANDA KEITH starts today as the new executive director of the Public Lands Interpretive Association, replacing LISA D MADSEN who is retiring at the end of May after 36 years at the helm of the Association. Say “welcome” to Amanda and wish all the best for Lisa in her retirement.

SABINO and BEAR CANYON SHUTTLES ARE RUNNING AGAIN! After a hiatus of eight months shuttle service is available once more in Sabino and Bear Canyons. Sabino shuttle tickets are $10 for aduts, $5 for chldren; Bear Canyon shuttle tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for children. New, all-electric, open shuttles called "crawlers" are on order and should be arriving by the end of May.

New Mexico's National Conservation Lands: Ft. Stanton-Snowy River National Conservation Area

New Mexico's Ntional Conservation Lands: Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

New Mexico's National Conservation Lands: Prehistoric Trackways National Monument

Did you know that March is Archeology and Heritage Awareness Month?

New Mexico's National Conservation Lands: El Malpais National Conservation Area

New Mexico's National Conservation Lands: Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

New Mexico's National Conservation Lands: Kasha Katuve Tent Rocks National Monument

Another Superbloom event is about to happen in the desert Southwest. Go and see it; it's worth the trip.

The poppies are coming!!

Not to mention Colorado!

Recent storms blanketed northern New Mexico with lots of snow.

Palm Springs, DESERT X

With TWENTY INCHES of snow on the ground in Williams, Arizona, the area’s lakes—Dogtown, Kaibab, Whitehorse—should be full this summer. Make your campground reservations now at!

Public Lands Interpretive Association’s support of its agency programs comes in many forms; in this case a brand new raft for BLM’s Taos Resource Area just in time for the 2019 boating season. The raft will be used by BLM’s river rangers on the Wild and Scenic Rio Grande and Rio Chama for rescue and safety and also for interpretive programs. What a boat!

Only in New Mexico

New Mexico Public Lands Information Center in Santa Fe is where you can find information and maps about ALL public lands in the state. No need to find different offices, it’s all here: national parks, national forests, BLM lands, state parks, state trust lands. Friendly, knowledgeable staff at 300 Dinosaur Lane in Santa Fe. 505-954-2002

La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site near the City of Santa Fe. Hundreds of petroglyphs, dating from pre-contact time and the Spanish colonial era, are found along this mesa above the Santa Fe River. The fabled Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, the royal road that connected Santa Fe with Mexico City passed along here.

Our new T-shirt for Fort Craig Historic Site by Wish Designs

The LOWER BOX OF THE GILA RIVER Wilderness Study Area epitomizes the stark beauty of southwestern New Mexico. The riparian belt along the Gila is incredibly rich in biodiversity; it is also one of the best birdwatching places in the state. Spring is the ideal time to visit this remote area 20 miles northwest of Lordsburg.

SABINOSO WILDERNESS is a remote area in the northeastern portion of New Mexico. The Wilderness includes a series of high, narrow mesas surrounded by cliff-lined canyons which create a striking topographical and geological contrast in the otherwise flat terrain.

Planning a trip to New Mexico?

You could be here come summer--but only if you apply for a Rio Chama permit. Deadline for applications is January 31.

You could be here come summer--but only if you apply for a Rio Chama permit. Deadline for applications is January 31.

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Los Ranchos De Albuquerque, NM

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