SANTA FE – Updated Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) that show all forest roads and trails open to motor vehicle travel on the 1.6 million-acre Santa Fe National Forest are now available in both electronic and hardcopy formats.
National forests are required to designate a system of roads, trails and areas open to motor vehicle use by class of vehicle and, when necessary, by time of year. Public motor vehicle traffic is prohibited on all routes not shown on the MVUM. Visitors to the forest are reminded that it is their responsibility to determine if they are on routes designated for motorized traffic. In addition to highway-legal vehicles like cars and motorcycles, motorized use also includes ATVs and four-wheelers.
Separate MVUMs for the east and west sides of the Santa Fe National Forest are free and available at Forest Headquarters in Santa Fe and all District Offices. Electronic versions are posted at http://bit.ly/2nAO3Ca. The Forest Visitor Map sells for $10 at all Forest offices and is also available for sale at select retailers.
For additional reference, the MVUMs may be used in conjunction with travel aids found at http://bit.ly/2omaMSO which provide information on recreational uses, trails, roads, streams, lakes, visitor centers, facilities, campgrounds and picnic areas.
The new MVUMs for the Santa Fe National Forest added several roads and 24 miles of camp corridors and corrected road alignments based on LiDAR remote sensing and aerial photos.
Digital versions of both the MVUMs and the Forest Visitor Map are available through Avenza for use with smartphones. The MVUM is free, and the Forest Visitor Map app is $4.99. Additional travel aids and maps are available on the Santa Fe National Forest website.