SANTA FE ― All Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) offices will be closed Monday, Oct. 14, in observance of Columbus Day and will resume regular business hours Tuesday, Oct. 15.
SFNF offices also will be closed Thursday, Oct. 17, to accommodate an all-employee meeting, resuming regular business hours Friday, Oct. 18. This means there will be no sales of fuelwood permits, maps, America the Beautiful interagency passes and other Forest Service products on Thursday.
As fall colors near their peak, SFNF officials anticipate a large number of visitors over the holiday weekend. If you plan to spend time on the forest, please follow Leave No Trace principles:
Plan ahead and prepare
Travel and camp on durable surfaces
Dispose of waste properly
Leave what you find
Minimize campfire impacts and make sure your campfire is dead out before you leave the area
Be considerate of other visitors
Know before you go. Check the weather forecast, and be prepared for seasonal fluctuations. Use good judgment and basic safety precautions when hiking, fishing or camping in the forest. Whether you are just out for the day or planning to stay overnight, always let someone know your plans, including your itinerary and when you expect to return home. Do not rely on cell phones for safety because you may not always have cell coverage in remote sections of the forest.