SANTA FE – With rain in recent days and lower temperatures, Santa Fe National Forest reopened to the public on Monday, and hikers were back in droves.
Carson National Forest, to the north, with headquarters in Taos, announced it would reopen all of its lands today.
Monday afternoon, a huge crowd showed up at the Aspen Vista Trail – the parking lot was full – to hike and check out the mountain views in the Santa Fe forest above town. Other forest trails on the road to the Santa Fe ski area also had plenty of hikers.
Jarrett Sasser, owner of High Desert Angler fly shop in Santa Fe, had mixed emotions about the reopening of the national forest, which had been announced last week.