After our Mexican food lunch we were planning on going a dozen or so miles north to another free camp area. While eating Amanda suggested paying the day use fee to go into Elephant Butte State Park. She really wanted to sit along the shoreline and enjoy the day since it was just a short drive to our next planned destination. She had yet to fill up with gas so she left and I suggested she swing by the park entrance and see about the day use. I stayed back and finished my meal. Soon I got a text from her: I just paid $8 for dispersed camping and apparently the showers are open!
Unbelievably the New Mexico State Park system had decided to live on the wild side and let people disperse camp along the beach and opened up the restrooms and showers despite their COVID fears.