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Forest Service reopens campgrounds, picnic areas in New Mexico’s Santa Fe Forest

Santa Fe National Forest has released a list of open and closed recreation areas including campgrounds.
Here’s the press release listing what’s open and what’s closed:

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 by the 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

Rio Chama Campground


Cuba Ranger District

Las Vacas Campground

Clear Creek Campground

Restrooms at the San Gregorio Trailhead

Española Ranger District

Black Canyon Campground

Jemez Ranger District

Jemez Falls Campground (Loops 1,2 & 4)

Paliza Family Campground

Paliza Group Campground

Redondo Campground

San Antonio Campground

Battleship Rock Picnic Area (Upper area)

Jemez Falls Group Picnic Area

La Cueva Picnic Area

Las Conchas Picnic Area/Fishing Access

Seven Springs Picnic Area

Lower Jemez River Fishing Accesses (La Junta, Las Casita, San Diego, River’s Bend, Bluffs)

Pecos Ranger District

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 Rd.

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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