SANTA FE — The Santa Fe National Forest is joining other Federal agencies in waiving its day use fees over Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 9-11. Members of the public, veterans, active members of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families are invited to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather and enjoy the great outdoors.
No fees will be charged at Battleship Rock and Spanish Queen Picnic Areas on the Jemez Ranger District. The fee waiver does not apply to campgrounds.
“We wholeheartedly salute the men and women who represent the nearly 22 million American veterans who have served their country in the military,” Santa Fe Forest Supervisor Maria Garcia said. “As we do throughout the year, we encourage veterans and their families to take advantage of their national forests and grasslands to enjoy all the benefits the outdoors provide.”
The Forest Service also honors active duty military members year-round with the free Interagency Annual Military Pass honored at all Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service sites charging entrance or standard amenity fees.
The fee waiver days support the goals of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative, which encourages all Americans to connect with the outdoors, and First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move Outside,” which encourages children to get out and get active to be healthy.
Visitors are encouraged to “know before you go.” Some recreation facilities on the forest are closed for the season. Call the appropriate ranger station to check the status of recreation facilities and roads. For phone numbers and detailed information visit the Santa Fe National Forest online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/santafe/.
There are small and big game hunts going on within the Santa Fe National Forest during this time of year. People in the forest are encouraged to wear blaze orange or bright colors to increase their visibility and always be aware of their surroundings. When camping or picnicking anywhere on the forest, store food properly to help reduce conflict with bears and remember not to leave campfires unattended.