The New Mexico Corrections Department is offering a "preview" of the upcoming tours of the facility. These two tours will focus on getting feedback from visitors about the tour experience.
We will be offering tours to a limited number of people. These tours are to inform visitors about what happened during the February 2, 1980 riot and teach them more the Corrections Department. The money from these tickets will go back into revitalizing the facility.
*IMPORTANT INFORMATION*You will be stopped by Officers at the front gate. Weapons, drugs and alcohol are prohibited on prison grounds.
NO person under the age of 16 will be admitted for the Old Main Tour due to the content. All visitors will be required to show a valid ID to be admitted into the facility. Tickets are non-transferable.
Drugs, alcohol and weapons are prohibited from the facility and could result in criminal charges if brought on the property.
All visitors must wear closed toe and heel shoes. The Old Main Tour does require quite a bit of walking and those unable to walk for long periods of time are discouraged from taking the tour. The facility is not ADA complaint and those visitors who need special accommodations may not be able to experience the full tour route.
There are NO bathrooms, electricity, and/or heating/air conditioning in Old Main. Please dress appropriately for this tour. If it is in the winter months, visitors are encouraged to bring a jacket.
ALL visitors are required to sign a waiver or release of liability upon entering the facility. Failure to do so will result in the visitors not being allowed into the facility.
The Old Main and Penitentiary of New Mexico are prison facilities. To ensure the safety of Old Main and the Penitentiary of New Mexico you, like other visitors, could be subject to reasonable searches or other security measures if needed.
Visitors must purchase tickets through this website. Walk-ins will not be accepted.
You can bring a camera, but pictures are restricted in two areas.
New Mexico Corrections Department
The New Mexico Corrections Department is in charge of housing about 7,000 inmates at 11 prisons across the state. We also supervise about 18,000 probationers or parolees throughout the state.
"We committ to the safety and well-being of the people of New Mexico by doing the right thing, always."