Santa Fe National Forest Recreation Sites Reopen

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest has begun its process of reopening developed recreational facilities that were closed during the government shutdown. 

We expect to reopen developed sites this weekend after employees have had the chance to evaluate the cleanliness and safety of each individual facility and open locked gates and restrooms. During the fall, we normally winterize and close some developed recreation sites, therefore some places will remain closed for the season. Other areas are still closed due to impacts from flooding.

The following recreation sites will be open by the weekend:

Española Ranger District

  • Big Tesuque Campground  
  • Aspen Basin Campground
  • Restrooms at the day use areas along Hyde Park road are open

Jemez Ranger District

  • Jemez Falls Campground (Loop 3)
  • Vista Linda Campground
  • Battleship Rock Picnic Area (Lower area)
  • Spanish Queen Picnic Area
  • Battleship Rock Trailhead
  • East Fork Trailhead
  • Jemez Falls Trailhead
  • Las Conchas Trailhead
  • Upper Jemez/San Antonio River(s) fishing accesses (Rincon, Dark Canyon)
  • San Diego Overlook
  • Spence Hot Springs
  • Walatowa Visitor’s Center

Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District

In Pecos Canyon:

  • Panchuela Campground
  • Windy Bridge Day Use
  • Dalton Day Use
  • Dalton Picnic Area
  • Jacks Creek Campground
  • Winsor Trailhead
  • Cowles Campground

East Side (Gallinas):

El Porvenir Campground

The following areas are CLOSED for the season:

Coyote Ranger District

  • CLOSED: Rio Chama Campground

Cuba Ranger District

  • CLOSED: Las Vacas Campground
  • CLOSED: Clear Creek Campground
  • CLOSED: Restrooms at the San Gregorio Trailhead

Española Ranger District

  • CLOSED: Black Canyon Campground

Jemez Ranger District

  • CLOSED: Jemez Falls Campground (Loops 1,2 & 4)
  • CLOSED: Paliza Family Campground
  • CLOSED: Paliza Group Campground
  • CLOSED: Redondo Campground
  • CLOSED: San Antonio Campground
  • CLOSED: Battleship Rock Picnic Area (Upper area)
  • CLOSED: Jemez Falls Group Picnic Area
  • CLOSED: La Cueva Picnic Area
  • CLOSED: Las Conchas Picnic Area/Fishing Access
  • CLOSED: Seven Springs Picnic Area
  • CLOSED: Lower Jemez River Fishing Accesses (La Junta, Las Casita, San Diego, River’s Bend, Bluffs)

Pecos Ranger District

  • CLOSED: Field Tract Campground (due to construction) 

Other closures due to flooding impacts:

Española Ranger District

Caja del Rio area: Although the area has dried up, road repairs needs to be done before it can be reopened. The public can access the restricted area on foot, mountain bike and on horseback. Motor vehicles are not allowed:

  • On Forest Road 24 or any Forest Service secondary roads in the restricted area;
  • Off National Forest System roads in the restricted area; or
  • On trails in the restricted area.

Jemez Ranger District

  • Forest Road 266 is drivable but the road is not passable at Hondo Canyon.
  • Forest Road 289 is drivable but is not passable at the lower end of Cochiti and cannot be used as a thru road. 

Pecos Ranger District

  • In Pecos Canyon: Forest Road 122/Holy Ghost Campground.
  • East Side (Gallinas): EV Long Campground; Forest Road 263/Gallinas Canyon Road.

We have resumed sales of fuelwood permits which are available during the week at the Supervisor’s Office in Santa Fe as well as our ranger stations in Coyote, Cuba, Jemez, Española, Pecos and Las Vegas. Fuelwood permits are also available at the Walatowa Visitor Center on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

Thank you for your patience as we complete the process of reopening our facilities. We are happy you can now fully enjoy everything the Santa Fe National Forest has to offer and hopefully get outdoors to see the beautiful fall colors. 

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