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This page is intended to guide editors working within the boundaries of New Mexico, the "Land of Enchantment," the largest state in the United States. Information in this page is not intended to excessively duplicate the editing guidelines for the United States, but rather point out nuances in editing. For details about editing, consider the Waze Map Editor or USA pages.

State Environment

New Mexico is a fairly rural and sparsely populated state that includes a number of Native American Indian reservations, and the largest military base in the USA, White Sands Missile Range. Major freeways running through the state are I-40 and I-25 that intersect at its largest city, Albuquerque, and I-10 that runs along the southern area of the state.

For Waze USA self-management, New Mexico is part of the Southwest Region of the United States.

Online References for New Mexico

These reference may provide information about roads, landmarks, and other transportation-related topics relevant to editing the Waze map.

Waze Discussion

Federal & Tribal Resources

State Resources

City / County  Resources



Los Alamos

Rio Rancho

Santa Fe

Taos County

Valencia County

Responding to User Problem Reports (URs)

User Reports (URs) are problem reports that Wazers typically enter from the client when they notice a problem on the map or in Waze routing.  These reports come with a category, potential reporter GPS track, potential Waze navigation route, and sometimes with a text message from the reporter. The UR system allows for text dialogue between map editors and the reporter. Editors may leave URs open or close them as resolved or unresolved.

We suggest editors in New Mexico consider an etiquette process for communicating and closing out URs.

Suggested Approach  - Responding to URs

No fixed approach will be appropriate because of the large number of situations associated with URs.  Here is a general approach:

  1. If a UR already has a response from another editor, think carefully before inserting your comments to make sure they are helpful, not confusing.  You might want to contact the other editor by Private Message (PM)  first if the situation seems complicated.
  2. If the UR is open and there are no comments from other editors, see if you can fix resolve the UR.  If you can resolve it as clearly "Solved" or "Not Identified" then , move to a final closing response (see below).
  3. If the UR is open, and you need more information, write the reporter with a question.  See templates below.
  4. if there is no response in about a week, prompt the reporter again with a request for information stating you will close the report out in about a week.
  5. If there is no response a second time, close out the report as "Not Identified."
  6. Provide a final closing response when you resolve the UR as "Solved" or "Not Identified."  Examples:
    • Report solved and problem fixed!  Thanks for submitting a report!  [Explain resolution if you wish.]
    • Report solved.  There was not a map issue we could find.  [Explain the likely issue if you wish.]
    • This report was not resolved because we could not find a specific issue or cause.  Issue not identified.  Please report again if you see another issue or have more information.

Suggested Response Templates

Folloiwng are suggested templates for your response.  Use these, modify, or create your own.  You may want to personalize your response.

Type of UR Suggested Template Optional Suggestions
Little information Provided Hello, I am a volunteer map editor! Thank you for the report.  Sorry that you encountered an issue. To investigate further, we could use more detail about the problem you encountered and what you expected. Please help by providing details about the map problem.

Add comment about type of UR.  Add speculation and questions about the issue.

(short) Little information Provided Hello, I am a volunteer map editor.  Please provide more information as to the nature of the issue you encountered with the Waze app.
Add comment about type of UR.  Add speculation and questions about the issue.
Problem not likely a map issue Hello, I am a volunteer editor. This may be an issue with your phone or device running Waze. Contact Waze Support or check the Waze App subforum on the Waze forums for more information. Example: If you notice the GPS path of the user is erratic, it might be poor GPS signal or phone issue.
Follow up when no reponse received in 7 days Hello, again, Wazer! Map editors are still willing to help resolve this report if you're interested, otherwise we'll close it out in about a week.  Please provide as much informaton as you can.
Closing out the UR I am closing out this report because [insert reason].  Actions taken were [explain what you did]. If appropriate, thank reporter again for helping to resolve an issue.

Roads in New Mexico

Functional Classification

Reference:  Road names/USA  & Road types/USA.
New Mexico participates in the functional classification of roads; however, this is a new standard that is going through changes and all changes should be socalized with existing primariy editors in the state.  New Mexico has a strong tie to maintain consistency with the state of Arizona.

Locking Roads

In order to protect the integrity of the map roadway and content that has been put into the map, general guidance for locking roads to editing ranks is as follows:

  1. Default lock level
  2. Primary Streets
  3. Minor Highways
  4. Major Highways
  5. Freeways and ramps, some construction area
  6. Some construction areas, problem areas as a temporary measure

Roads locked at a "Staff" level may need to be unlocked via a request to staff.  Contact a senior editor in New Mexico for help with that.

Please use local editor discretion in either increasing or decreasing this guidance temporarily or permanently.  If outside of this guidance, do not unlock roads permanently unless you first attempt to contact the last editor of those road segments to determine the reason for the lock.   It is our intent not to prevent new editors from editing the map, so do not lock areas down unnecessarily.

If you need to edit a road locked above your rank, please contact a more senior New Mexico editor or check the Unlock Forum. 


Interstates in New Mexico are the following:

  • I-10 Arizona to Texas
  • I-40 Arizona to Texas
  • I-25 Colorado to I-10

Special Road Treatment

  • Alleys:  New Mexico has a significant number of navigable alleys.  Per the Waze Functional Classification Page, mapped alleys will be marked as Parking Lot roads because they are publicly accessible.  There is no need to map alleys that are not yet mapped and no need to delete alleys that are already mapped.  Mapping of new alleys is at the discretion of the local editors.
  • Dirt Roads:  Because New Mexico is relatively rual, even in larger cities, dirt roads can be important in navigation and may even support freeway speeds.  Dirt roads may be marked as streets, primary streets, and in some cases minor highways depending on their use and condition.  Until specific guidance can be produced, seek involvment from local editors before changing these roads.
  • Indian Reservation Roads: Native American Indian reservations have jurisdiction over their own roads, although certain federal, state, and county roads can cross their lands.  Before you edit on these lands you should be familiar with this Wiki page.
  • Forest Service Roads: New Mexico and many states in the USA have US Forest Service Road systems that have their own functional classification and rules.  Before editing on these roads and associated landmarks, consider this Wiki page.
  • Bureau of Land Managment Roads:  New Mexico and many western states in the USA have Bureau of Land Managment (BLM) roads that have their own standards.  Before editing on these roads and associated landmarks, consider this wiki page. BLM also manages certain National Monuments.
  • National Park Service Roads:  While not significantly different from normal roads, you should consult this Wiki page before editing these roads and their associated landmarks.

Major Construction Projects

See for a list  road closures & changes to traffic flow that impact the Waze map.  Only long-term construction projects should be addressed.

Current Construction Projects


Cameras include Red Light Cameras and Speed Cameras.

Red Light Cameras

Red Light Cameras are legal in the State, but Illegal in the City of Albuquerque.

Speed Cameras

Speed cameras are legal in the State, but illegal in the City of Albuquerque.

Military Bases & Government Installations

New Mexico has a large number of military bases and a National Laboratory that have restricted access.  Please follow the Private Installation approach when mapping these facilities.

Active Editors in New Mexico

This is a paritial list of editors that have been working on the New Mexico Waze map recently.



Editing Area Specialty Knowledge Special Projects


1 Belen to Santa Fe Emergency Services ...


4 Area Manager, Four Corners to Albuqueque ... NW Corner of NM, Functional Classification for NM, Coordination with AZ


2 Rio Rancho, Albuquerque ... Rio Rancho Speed Cameras
jeigh17 3 Las Cruces, El Paso ... ...


3 Area Manager, Belen to Santa Fe GIS Professional, BLM Landmarks


5 Country Manager, Las Cruces, Colorado ,,, ,,,


6 Country Manager, Albuquerque Global Champ, Formal Mentor, Editing Expert, Beta Editor, Localization Private Installations, USFS Roads, Indian Reservaton Roads, National Park Service Roads, BLM Roads