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This page is intended to guide editors working within the boundaries of New Mexico, the "Land of Enchantment," one of the largest states 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

Adding and Adjusting Area and Point Places

Places are landmarks that can be added to the map via the editor (WME) or via the application on user devices. Global guidance and detial on Places is located here. Additional information and guidance for New Mexico is as follows:

Quick Definitions

Point Places are not shown on the client display. Recent conversations with Waze staff have indicated these will not likely be displayed on the client any time soon. Point Places have a single location, a point.

Area Places are shown on the client display when they are of sufficient size. Very small Area Places are not displayed. Area Places have a polygon shape and an adjustable destination point. The name is displayed on the client map in the middle of a shaded area. There are many categories to pick from such as gas station, park, school, etc.

Places can be added via the client application, and are actually encouraged by the Waze app. These may wait approval or automatically be approved via relatively complex rules.

When to use Area Places

Area Places should are encouraged to add content to the Waze client map because (a) they add interesting and valuable content that provides context for navigation for Wazers, and (b) because Wazers can scroll to a point on the map, touch where they want to go, and tell Waze to take them there. Without Area Places neither of these things are possible. Area Places also come up in Point of Interest (POI) searches.

Those items that are "landmarks" for travelers should be put on the map. This may include historic locations, larger and more frequently traveled to shopping areas, stores, etc., and locally important navigational points that would be relevant when guidance is given such as "if you reach the drugs store, you've gone too far" or "turn left at the Eat At Joes restaurant."

We should avoid having irrelevant and small Area Places. Small Area Places will not display on the map. See National Guidance on Area Places for details.

Notice that Area Places may have locally important context that should override national guidance.

When to use Point Places

Use point places when the item you're noting should not display on the client display but show up in POI searches. Point Places are useful for marking specific locations in a larger Area Places, such as where to park and other special locations. For instance, Point Places are useful for noting the location of individual stores in a shopping plaza when an Area Place marks the whole or a large part of the shopping plaza.

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

Following 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 information 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 and 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 socialized with existing primary editors in the state. New Mexico has a strong tie to maintain consistency with the state of Arizona.

New Mexico's functional classification is not completely clear. Reference to the Federal Functional Classification can be found in THIS MAP (which has low resolution) which is on NMDOT's Planning Page.


Enhanced U-turn functionality is about to enter the Waze clients. Therefore we should start editing U-turns on road segments. General guidance is provided here until a national standard is considered:

  • All segment U-turns should be off (red) unless otherwise allowed.
  • Enable U-turns (green) for the following:
    • On roads (street, primary street, minor highway, major highway) mapped with single, two-way segments where the road still has some sort of physical median, add a node at each cross over point and enable U-turns in both directions where legal.
  • Disable U-turns in most cases for the following:
    • Freeways
    • Most 4-way intersections
  • Suggested Practices
    • Use street-view to see if there are signs stating U-turns are not allowed or only authorized vehicles are allowed to make U-turns.

Locking Roads & Places

We need balance in protecting the integrity of roadways and other content that has been put into the map and providing access to as many lower-level editors as possible. This guidance really needs to be locally driven because one answer does not fit all situations. General guidance for locking roads to editing ranks for New Mexico is as follows. Lower-level editors can always ask for unlocks from other state or national editors.

What affects how we might lock roads?

When higher lock levels are usually needed:

  • When areal images do not match actual ground conditions. This includes construction areas.
  • Higher value routes that would inconvenience many users if damaged.
  • Particular locations that are frequently damaged by new editors.
  • Areas of the map that are well developed but not frequently visited by editors to check condition, and error reports.
  • Items that have had significant research in creating data in the item such as the naming of a Ramp and the creation and information of a Place.

When lower lock levels are possible:

  • Areas where few mistakes or acts of vandalism occur.
  • Areas that will be frequently visited by AMs or other higher-ranked editors, such that they can keep an eye out for problems.
  • Areas that are purposefully unlocked or reduced in lock level so a lower-level editor can manage and watch over them for an extended period.
  • Items that are briefly unlocked under the real-time oversight of a higher-level editor, then locked after adjustment by a lower-level editor.

Basic Road Locking Guidance

Consider and adjust these lock levels up or down based upon the actual situation and locality. Always have Freeways and their Ramps locked at Rank-5. This set of rules is selected because it is easy to remember and generally useful.

  1. Default lock level,  Street  (S)
  2.  Primary Street  (PS)
  3.  Minor Highway  (MH)
  4.  Major Highway  (mH)
  5.  Freeway  (F) and  Ramp  (R), some construction areas
  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.

Basic Place Locking Guidance

  1. Default lock level - many Places or those that are not complete and need more input from everyone. Default Gas Stations that need to be located or named properly.
  2. Well-established Places that are edited with new information but may need updates.
  3. Refined Places that have important information
  4. Refined Places that have critical information.
  5. High-value Places, those that do not match areal images, etc.
  6. Rare use for critical Places, special projects, acts of vandalism, etc., usually only as a temporary measure.


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 involvement 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 Management Roads: New Mexico and many western states in the USA have Bureau of Land Management (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 New Mexico Dot for a list of road closures & changes to traffic flow that impact the Waze map. Only long-term construction projects should be addressed.

Current Construction Projects

  • Albuquerque, I-25 & Paseo Del Norte
    • This construction is finished, but we are waiting for areal images to catch up so we can adjust the roadways. These roadways locked at Rank-6 until that time.


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 Installations article when mapping these facilities.

To do

See New Mexico/To do.

Active Editors in New Mexico

This is a partial list of editors that have been working on the New Mexico Waze map recently. If you would like to have your information added here, contact vectorspace.



Editing Area Specialty Knowledge Special Projects
HeloAv8or 1 Belen to Santa Fe Emergency Services ...
irowiki 4 Area Manager, Four Corners to Albuquerque ... NW Corner of NM, Functional Classification for NM, Coordination with AZ
jannsjay 2 Rio Rancho, Albuquerque ... Rio Rancho Speed Cameras
jeigh17 3 Las Cruces, El Paso ... ...
Paws- 2 Clovis ... ...
RED_ZMAN 3 Area Manager, Belen to Santa Fe GIS Professional, BLM Landmarks
tgfathergoose 5 Country Manager, Las Cruces, Colorado ,,, ,,,
vectorspace 6 Country Manager, Albuquerque Global Champ, Formal Mentor, Editing Expert, Beta Editor, Localization Private Installations, USFS Roads, Indian Reservation Roads, National Park Service Roads, BLM Roads