SANTA FE ― The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will waive fees at many recreation sites and amenities Saturday, Sept. 28, for National Public Lands Day (NPLD).
As the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands, NPLD is a great opportunity for more Americans to get outdoors and connect with their public lands.
Fees at all national forests and grasslands will be waived at many day-use sites, such as picnic grounds, non-reserve campgrounds and developed trailheads, in cooperation with other federal agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Day-use fees will be waived at standard amenity fee sites operated by the Santa Fe National Forest, except for those reserved in advance through Recreation.gov.
In recognition of NPLD and in partnership with the SFNF, the North Central Regional Transit District will waive fares on Saturday for the RTD Blue Bus 255 Mountain Trail route that takes visitors from downtown Santa Fe up Hyde Park Road to Ski Santa Fe, with stops at multiple trailheads along the way. Find more information at RidetheBlueBus.com.
NPLD festivities on the Cuba Ranger District will focus on the re-route of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail with activities on Friday and Saturday. The weekend will start early Friday with trail maintenance at the BLM Becker Mace trailhead 8 miles south of Cuba. The Eichwald Center in Cuba will host a public event in the afternoon which will include guest speakers from several land management agencies, including the SFNF, and the inaugural walk on a new park trail. Saturday, the public is invited to meet at the Las Vacas/San Gregorio trailhead at 10 a.m. for a guided hike on the new segment of the Continental Divide Trail which offers dramatic views of Nacimiento Peak and Cuba Mesa. See the Viva Connects webpage for Cuba Trails for more information.
The final fee waiver day in 2019 will be Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day, which commemorates the end of World War I and pays tribute to military heroes, past and present.
Visitors to the Santa Fe National Forest are encouraged to contact the appropriate ranger district office to confirm which recreation sites are included in the National Public Lands Day fee waiver.