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Visitors To Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District Campgrounds Advised To Check For Potable Water

on May 21, 2016 - 7:11am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  As the outdoor recreation season gets underway on the Santa Fe National Forest, visitors to three campgrounds on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District are advised to bring enough drinking water to meet their needs for their stay.
 
The Holy Ghost, E.V. Long and El Porvenir Campgrounds do not have potable water this year. Shallow wells at these campgrounds may receive surface water recharge from the nearby river and natural runoff, which is at risk of contamination from pathogens harmful to human health. 
 
“Public health and safety is a top forest priority,” Forest Supervisor Maria T. Garcia said. “Consequently, the pumps at these three popular campgrounds will be turned off until we can assure the safety of the water for human consumption.  We apologize for any inconvenience this causes for our guests.” 
 
Potable water is available at the Panchuela, Jacks Creek and Field Tract Campgrounds. Campers familiar with the Cowles Campground know that it has not had potable water for several years. 
 
For additional information about campgrounds in the Pecos area, call the Pecos District Office at 505.757.6121.
 
Forest visitors are asked to follow campfire safety guidelines and adhere to the Leave No Trace principles of outdoor ethics. The 2016 Motor Vehicle Use Maps, available at all SFNF offices and online, designate roads and trails that are open to motor vehicle traffic.
 
Additional information on recreation sites across the Santa Fe National Forest is available on the Forest website’s Recreation page. Reservation sites may be booked at Recreation.gov.

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