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Bears OK, but still no bares!

Welp, there goes the weekend.

The Santa Fe National Forest on Thursday renewed an order banning nudity, underage drinking and extended camping within the forest boundaries.

To be clear, SFNF spokeswoman Julie Anne Overton said there has not been “any kind of increase” in nudity or underage drinking.

“I figured I would get the question, ‘Oh, has there been a lot of nudity lately?’ ” she said. “… But no, no, this is kind of a routine thing.”

Overton said they renew the order every time it expires to give authorities the right to ticket those caught in their birthday suit, youngsters knocking back cold ones and campers who wear out their welcome — specifically, the order prohibits camping for more than 14 days, consecutively or not, within a 45-day period.

Violators can be fined up to $5,000 while organizations can be fined up to $10,000, spend six months in jail, or both. The closure order lasts until December 2026.

“The ban on public nudity is to protect visitors, including families and school groups, who may be sensitive to public nudity,” she said in a release.

As for hot spots, Overton said the hot springs in the Jemez seem to attract more people in the buff.

“There are folks who like to use the hot springs without the benefit of bathing suits,” she said with a chuckle. “I suppose it’s not unusual for a lot of underage drinkers to think, ‘Hey, lets go to the forest and drink some beers.’ ”

Overton said federal, state and local officers and members of any organized rescue team or firefighting force are exempt from the longterm camping ban — but not from the nudity or underage drinking ban.


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