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Parking at CNM Campuses

Learn more about parking at CNM


Main Campus Parking

All lots offer parking on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking on Main Campus offers two options. Reserved paid parking lots and non-paid general parking lots which include the Isotopes and UNM Stadium West lots.

All lots on the CNM Main Campus require a current parking permit. Non-compliance may result in parking citations and/or the vehicle being towed at the owners expense.

General Parking

General parking is extremely limited at Main Campus. General parking is located in the Smith Brasher Lots (all lots west of University Blvd), in front of the MS/SSC Buildings, and the BMX Lot. See Main Campus Map for details.

The UNM Stadium West lot and the Isotopes baseball parking lots are also available for CNM students, faculty, and staff.  A general parking permit will be required to park in these additional parking areas. Parking in the UNM Stadium West and Isotopes lots are prohibited on game days and special events. Vehicles will be towed when parked in the lot during restricted times. See Main Campus Map for details.

Vehicle registration is done online through myCNM at no cost and the general parking permit (decal/sticker) can be picked up at the Security Office at Main Campus, Montoya Campus, and Westside Campus, Admissions Office at Rio Rancho Campus and South Valley Campus, and the Front Desk at the Advance Technology Center. 

Failure to properly display a current general parking permit may result in parking citations and/or the vehicle being towed at the owner's expense. The General Parking Permit stickers/decals must be displayed in the lower left back driver side window of the vehicle.

Visitor/Temporary Parking

Visitor/Temporary parking permits are free of charge and may be obtained at the CNM Security Office. The visitor parking permit can only be used in the general lots. At Main Campus, the general parking are located in the Smith Brasher Lots (all lots east of University Blvd), in front of the MS/SSC Buildings, and the BMX Lot. For all other campuses, all the parking lots are general parking. See CNM Maps & Directory for more details.

The UNM Stadium West lot and the Isotopes baseball parking lots are also available for CNM visitor/temporary parking.  A temporary parking permit will be required to park in these additional parking areas. Parking in the UNM Stadium West and Isotopes lots are prohibited on game days and special events and are for overflow parking. Vehicles will be towed when parked in the lot during restricted times. See Main Campus Map for details.

Failure to properly display a current visitor/temporary parking permit may result in parking citations and/or the vehicle being towed at the owner's expense.

Reserved Paid Parking

Paid lots require a fee of $43.00 a term and are reserved for those who have purchased paid permits. The paid parking permits are available for purchase online through myCNM. 

Paid permits are to be properly displayed from the rearview mirror. The paid parking lots include: North lot, Central lot, JS lot, PPD lots, TC lots, and the Upper SSC lot. See Main Campus Map for details.

Those who qualify for Financial Aid may use it to purchase a paid parking permit.

Annual paid parking permits are available for FULL-TIME CNM EMPLOYEES ONLY at a cost of $129 a year. Payroll deduction is available by contacting CNM Parking Services by email at parkserv@cnm.edu.

Failure to properly display a current paid parking permit may result in parking citations and/or the vehicle being towed at the owner's expense.

Meter Parking

Meters are available at Main Campus and are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis for visitors and guests only. The meters are located in the following lots: SSC (lower) lot, TC lot, Central lot, JS lot, and PPD lot. The maximum time limit for a meter is 3 hours. The meters accept the following coins:

  • Quarters: $0.25 equals 30 minutes
  • Dimes: $0.10 equals 12 minutes
  • Nickels: $0.05 equals  6 minutes

Meters displaying a red out of order cover are considered general parking.

Defective meters should be reported to the CNM Parking Services at (505) 224-4637.

Failure to display time on a meter may result in parking citations and/or the vehicle being towed at the owner's expense.

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All Other Campuses

All parking lots on the following CNM Campuses require a general parking permit: Montoya, Westside, South Valley, Rio Rancho, and Advanced Technology Center. All parking lots on these campuses are non-paid and are offered on a first-come first served basis.

Vehicle registration is done online through myCNM at no cost and the general parking permit can be picked up at the Security Offices at Montoya and Westside campuses, the Admissions Office at Rio Rancho and South Valley Campuses, and at the Front Desk at the Advanced Technology Center.

Failure to properly display a current general parking permit may result in parking citations and/or the vehicle being towed at the owner's expense.

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Parking for the Disabled

Disabled parking permits are required on all CNM Campuses. Disabled parking permits are issued at no charge at the Disability Resource Center at Main and Montoya Campuses. Provide your state issued disabled placard and a valid driver’s license. If an individual has a disabled license plate then they must provide their vehicle registration. For more information please contact the CNM Disability Resource Center.

Vehicles displaying disabled placards or plates may park in a non-disabled parking space in the reserved/paid parking lots when disabled parking spaces are not available. Vehicles must display both a state issued disabled placard and a CNM Disabled Permit while parking on CNM property.

Failure to properly display a current/valid disabled parking permit may result in parking citations and/or the vehicle being towed at the owner's expense.

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