Public Invited to Santa Fe National Forest’s Fire and Ice Restoration Festival

SFNF News:

SANTA FE—The public is invited to celebrate the beauty of winter and the coming of spring at the annual Fire and Ice Restoration Festival. The event, hosted by Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District and the Village of Jemez Springs, is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 22 at Father Fitzgerald Park in Jemez Springs.

This free community event will feature educational booths and presentations that highlight the 210,000-acre Southwest Jemez Mountains Landscape Restoration Project. Special guests will include Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl.

Fun and unique activities are scheduled throughout the day, including a chain saw carving competition and exhibition, cross-cut saw contest, chicken bingo, arts and crafts, and the famous Jemez duck race. Children will enjoy face painting, a jump house, and much more. Entertainment will be provided by Band of Enchantment and Austin Van Landingham. A variety of delicious food and beverages will be offered by vendors. Participants also can enjoy a rejuvenating soak in the local hot springs.

Free parking and a shuttle service will be provided to and from the festival. This service will be available at Jemez Springs Community Park, next to Jemez Valley Credit Union. This is located an easy half mile walk south of Father Fitzgerald Park. Limited accessible parking will be available on-site.

For information on vendor booths or to volunteer at the festival, call 575.834.0368 or For information on the Southwest Jemez Mountains Restoration Project or related presentations, call 505.438.5431 or