Recreation

Rising from deserts, meadows and grasslands, the mesas, canyons and peaks of the Santa Fe National Forest are a place for re-creation. Whether gathering of families or gathering pinon nuts and firewood, the forest is a "querencia" - a special place. The past meets the present in this environment where year-round day-use, water focused recreation and trail opportunities offer a refuge of cool mountain air. Use by many cultures imbues the Santa Fe with a rich historical heritage highlighted by special sites found throughout the forest.

If you are interested in a specific Ranger District, click "Find an Area" on the right. Click on the Ranger District name or Recreational Area for an overview, or the + for a listing of sites and trails.

 

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Agua Fria Trail #233 Open to Visitor 2016 Season – Trail has been cleared of downfall.
Aspen Basin Campground Open to Visitor
Aspen Cabin Closed to Visitor Administrative Cabin only
Aspen Vista Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Baker Flat Picnic Site Open to Visitor This site is seasonally closed from January 5 thru April 9
Baldy Trail #176 Open to Visitor 2016 Season – Trail has not been cleared of downfall
Battleship Rock Picnic Site Open to Visitor The picnic area is open for the spring, summer and fall seasons, however drinking water is not yet turned on for visitor use. The water system is expected to be turned on sometime in mid-May. The East Fork Trail (Forest Trail 137) is open with trailhead parking off NM State Highway 4, a short driving distance above the turn-off to the picnic area.
Beattys Trail #25 Open to Visitor 2016 Season - Trail has been cleared of dead fall between Jacks Creek trailhead and the 25/239 junction. New trees may fall across the trail at any time. Equestrian users are encouraged to carry a hand saw.
Big Eddy Boat Take-out Open to Visitor
Big Pine Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Big Tesuque Campground Open to Visitor
Black Canyon Campground Open to Visitor Opens May 1, 2015
Blue Bell Ridge Trail #212 Open to Visitor 2016 Season – Trail has not been cleared of downfall
Blue Bell Trail #10 Open to Visitor 2016 Season – Trail has not been cleared of downfall
Bluffs Fishing Site Closed to Visitor
Bob Grounds Trail #270 Open to Visitor 2016 Season - Trail has been cleared of dead fall. New trees may fall across the trail at any time. Equestrian users are encouraged to carry a hand saw.
Bordo Del Medio Trail #252 Open to Visitor 2016 Season – Trail has not been cleared of downfall
Borrego Mesa Campground Open to Visitor Open, but no toilets. Facility vandalized.
Burro Basin Trail #216 Open to Visitor 2016 Season – Trail has not been cleared of downfall
Cave Creek Trail #288 Open to Visitor 2016 Season - Trail has been cleared of dead fall. New trees may fall across the trail at any time. Equestrian users are encouraged to carry a hand saw.
Chavez Canyon Boat Launch Open to Visitor  
Clear Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Clear Creek Campground Group Area Open to Visitor
Clear Creek Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Cowles Campground Open to Visitor This site is seasonally closed from January 5, 2016 thru April 9, 2016
Cowles Ponds Fishing Site Open to Visitor
Coyote Canyon Camping Area Open to Visitor
Dark Canyon Fishing Site Open to Visitor Please watch out for pedestraians and children as this site can be crowded with over flow parking for Spence Hot Spring. 
Dockweiler Trail #259 Open to Visitor 2016 Season - Trail has been cleared of dead fall between the 259/288 and 259/257 junctions. New trees may fall across the trail at any time. Equestrian users are encouraged to carry a hand saw.
E.V. Long Campground Open to Visitor
East Baldy Trail #275 Open to Visitor 2016 Season - Trail has been cleared of dead fall. New trees may fall across the trail at any time.
El Porvenir Campground Open to Visitor This site is seasonally closed from January 5 thru April 9
Field Tract Campground Open to Visitor This site is seasonally closed from January 5 thru April 9
Gascon Trail #239 Open to Visitor 2016 Season - Trail has been cleared of dead fall between the 239/25 and 239/224 junctions. New trees may fall across the trail at any time. Equestrian users are encouraged to carry a hand saw.
Glorieta Baldy Lookout Closed to Visitor
Glorieta Baldy Trail #175 Open to Visitor 2016 Season – Trail has not been cleared of downfall
Glorieta Picnic Site Closed to Visitor This site is seasonally closed from January 5, 2015 thru April 10, 2015
Hamilton Mesa Trail #249 Open to Visitor 2016 Season - Trail has been cleared of dead fall. New trees may fall across the trail at any time. Equestrian users are encouraged to carry a hand saw.
Harvey Trail #218 Open to Visitor 2016 Season – Trail has not been cleared of downfall
Hermits Peak Trail #223 Open to Visitor 2016 Season - Trail has been cleared of dead fall from the trail head to Hermit's Peak.
Hollinger Trail #219 Open to Visitor 2016 Season – Trail has not been cleared of downfall
Holy Ghost Campground Open to Visitor
Holy Ghost Group Campground Open to Visitor
Holy Ghost Trail # 283 Open to Visitor 2016 Season - Trail has been cleared of dead fall. New trees may fall across the trail at any time. Equestrian users are encouraged to carry a hand saw.
Iron Gate Campground Open to Visitor This site is seasonally closed from December 1 thru April 15
Jacks Creek Campground Open to Visitor This site is seasonally closed from January 5 thru April 9
Jacks Creek Group Campground Open to Visitor This site is seasonally closed from January 5, 2016 thru April 9, 2016
Jacks Creek Horse Camp Open to Visitor This site is seasonally closed from January 5 thru April 9
Jacks Creek Trail #257 Open to Visitor 2016 Season - Trail has been cleared of dead fall. New trees may fall across the trail at any time. Equestrian users are encouraged to carry a hand saw.
Jemez Falls Campground Open to Visitor Open for the season. Please check with ranger district office regarding fire closures.
Jemez Falls Group Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Jemez Falls Trailhead Open to Visitor
Johnson Mesa Campground Open to Visitor This site is seasonally closed from January 5 thru April 9
La Cueva Picnic Site Open to Visitor The picnic area will remain open all season and is anticipated to close after the labor Day weekend.
La Junta Fishing Site Closed to Visitor
Lake Johnson Trail #267 Open to Visitor 2016 Season - Trail has been cleared of dead fall. New trees may fall across the trail at any time. Equestrian users are encouraged to carry a hand saw.
Lake Katherine Trail #242 Open to Visitor 2016 Season - Trail has been cleared of dead fall. New trees may fall across the trail at any time. Equestrian users are encouraged to carry a hand saw.
Larkspur Trail #260 Open to Visitor 2016 Season - Trail has been cleared of dead fall. New trees may fall across the trail at any time. Equestrian users are encouraged to carry a hand saw.
Las Casitas Fishing Site Closed to Visitor
Las Conchas Day Use Site Open to Visitor
Las Dispensas Trail #222 Open to Visitor 2016 Season – Trail has not been cleared of downfall
Links Tract Campground Open to Visitor
Little Tesuque Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Lone Pine Mesa Trail #214 Open to Visitor 2016 Season – Trail has not been cleared of downfall
Lower Dalton Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Middle Fork Trail #266 Open to Visitor 2016 Season – Trail has been cleared of downfall for approximately 3 miles from the trail head.
Na-na-ka Trail #217 Open to Visitor 2016 Season – Trail has not been cleared of downfall The Na-na-ka trail is located within a thinning treatment area.
North Azul Trail #264 Open to Visitor 2016 Season – Trail has been cleared of downfall between the 246/264 junction and at the 257/264 junction. The upper portion of this trail has numerous downfall and is difficult to travel. The trail becomes difficult to navigate in some places.
North Fork Trail #269 Open to Visitor 2016 Season – Trail has been cleared of downfall from the 269/233 junction to Middle Fork Lake.
Oak Flats Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Paliza Family Campground Open to Visitor
Paliza Group Campground Open to Visitor
Pecos River Trail #456 Open to Visitor   2016 Season – Trail has not been cleared of downfall
Pecos Trail #24 Open to Visitor 2016 Season - Trail has been cleared of dead fall between the 24/25 and 24/239 junctions. New trees may fall across the trail at any time. Equestrian users are encouraged to carry a hand saw.
Penas Negras #32 Open to Visitor
Po-shu-oinge' Interpretive Site (minor) Open to Visitor
Porvenir Divide Trail #247 Open to Visitor 2016 Season - Trail has been cleared of dead fall for approximately 3 miles from the trail head.
Rattlesnake Ridge Interpretive Site (minor) Open to Visitor
Redondo Campground Open to Visitor
Resumidero Camping Area Open to Visitor
Rincon Fishing Site Open to Visitor
Rio Chama Campground Open to Visitor
Rio Chama Campground, Small Group Sites Open to Visitor
Rio Chama Wild & Scenic River Open to Visitor
Rio De Las Vacas Campground Open to Visitor
Rio Mora Loop Trail #240 Open to Visitor   2016 Season – Trail has not been cleared of downfall
Rio Puerco Campground Open to Visitor
Rio Valdez Trail #224 Open to Visitor 2016 Season - Trail has been cleared of dead fall. New trees may fall across the trail at any time. Equestrian users are encouraged to carry a hand saw.
Rito Perro Trail #256 Open to Visitor 2016 Season - Trail has not been cleared of dead fall. Rito Rerro Trail is within the Jaroso burn scar. Caution is recommended when traveling through this area due to increased potential of wind thrown trees.
River's Bend Fishing Site Open to Visitor
Rociada Trail #250 Open to Visitor 2016 Season - Trail has been cleared of dead fall between the 250/249 junction and Mora Flats. New trees may fall across the trail at any time. Equestrian users are encouraged to carry a hand saw.
San Antonio Campground Open to Visitor
San Diego Canyon Overlook Overlook Site Open to Visitor
San Diego Fishing Site Closed to Visitor
Santa Fe Alpine Ski Area Open to Visitor
Santiago Lake Trail #274 Open to Visitor   2016 Season – Trail has not been cleared of downfall
Sebadilloses Trail #245 Open to Visitor 2016 Season - Trail has been cleared of dead fall. New trees may fall across the trail at any time. Equestrian users are encouraged to carry a hand saw.
Seven Springs Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Spanish Queen Picnic Site Open to Visitor The picnic area is open for the summer season. There is no drinking water available at the picnic area so bring plenty of water. 
Tsi'pin Trail #238 Open to Visitor
Upper Dalton Fishing Access Fishing Site Open to Visitor
Valle Medio Trail #241 Open to Visitor   2016 Season – Trail has not been cleared of downfall
Vista Grande Overlook Observation Site Open to Visitor Scheduled for reconstruction in 2016-2017
Vista Linda Campground Open to Visitor
Windy Bridge Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Winsor Creek Fishing Area and Trailhead Open to Visitor This site is seasonally closed from January thru mid April.
Winsor Ridge Trail #271 Open to Visitor 2016 Season - Trail has been cleared of dead fall. New trees may fall across the trail at any time. Equestrian users are encouraged to carry a hand saw.
Winsor Ridge Trailhead Open to Visitor

Spotlights

Paliza Family Campground

Recently renovated, the campground is situated in a beautiful Ponderosa Pine forest. Located in Lower paliza Canyon,  the campground has original CCC shelters in some sites.  Come prepared for warm days and cool nights.

Uses: Overnight camping, hiking

Facilities: 30 camp sites; five sites have shade shelters. Vault toilets; no dump station available. There is no drinking water available at the campground.

Special Instructions: This campground is designated as a reduced impact and recycle campground. Users are required pack out trash. Cutting live vegetation is prohibited. Charcoal only in pedestral cooking grills.