The Gilman Tunnels on FR 376 are closed. Courtesy/NPS
SANTA FE ― The Jemez Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) reminds visitors heading out for a weekend break that the Gilman Tunnels on Forest Road (FR) 376 are closed to motorized and foot traffic while crews remove loose rock and stabilize the cliff walls around the tunnels.
The work should be completed by mid-August.
“We regret that the timing for this work happened during our busy recreation season, but the safety of the public is always our first priority,” Jemez District Ranger Brian Riley said. “We have had near misses with boulder-sized rocks falling off the cliffs and onto the roadway. We apologize for the inconvenience, but this work is absolutely necessary for public safety and will help us preserve the historic tunnels.”
The restricted area includes FR 376 and adjacent land from mile marker 0.1 at Gilman Loop just north of the community of Gilman to mile marker 5.5 just north of the tunnels. The SFNF has posted numerous signs to alert travelers to the closure, including an electronic highway sign on N.M. 4 at Cañon.
Recreation sites and grazing allotments on FR 376 are still accessible from NM Highway 126.
The Gilman Tunnels were blasted out of the rock in the 1920s to provide logging companies access to the railroad. Today, the tunnels are a popular destination because of their scenic setting along the Guadalupe River as it surges between the box canyon’s red rock cliffs.