Recent heavy rainfall in the Pecos/Las Vegas area of the Santa Fe National Forest has required that certain roads and sites be closed for public safety.
Several forest roads are impassible due to washouts, debris such as trees and branches along roadways, and plugged culverts. There are also a few bridges that were jammed up with debris and sustained damage.
Forest personnel continue to assess the damage but are unable to reach some areas due to impassable roads. Clearing of debris has begun in some areas but this may take some time depending on the amount of damage.
Starting today through Dec. 30, the following roads and recreation sites will remain closed for public safety:
- Forest Service Road 122 (Holy Ghost Canyon)
- Forest Service Road 263 (Gallinas Canyon)
- Forest Service Road 92 (Cow Creek)
- Forest Service Road 86 (Bull Creek)
- Closed Developed Recreation Sites:
- EV Long Campground
- El Porvenir Campground
Other districts on the Santa Fe National Forest have been impacted by recent heavy rains and many forest roads and trails may be unsafe to use. Before traveling – contact the local Ranger District office for further information on forest conditions.
Potential for flooding and flash floods remains, as less rain is needed for these conditions to develop as the ground is already saturated. Additional rain will continue to raise current high water levels along all streams and rivers. Know the weather forecast for various areas of the forest and consider changing plans if severe weather conditions are predicted.