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
Aspen Basin Campground Open to Visitor
Aspen Cabin Open to Visitor
Aspen Vista Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Baker Flat Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Battleship Rock Picnic Site Closed to Visitor The picnic area is closed for the winter season. It will open for use next spring, typically around the Easter weekend. 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.
Big Eddy Boat Take-out Open to Visitor
Big Pine Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Big Tesuque Campground Open to Visitor
Black Canyon Campground Open to Visitor
Bluffs Fishing Site Closed to Visitor
Borrego Mesa Campground Closed to Visitor
Cave Creek Trail #288 Open to Visitor 2014 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 Closed to Visitor  
Clear Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Clear Creek Campground Group Area Closed to Visitor
Clear Creek Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Cowles Campground Open to Visitor
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.
E.V. Long Campground Closed to Visitor
El Porvenir Campground Open to Visitor
Field Tract Campground Open to Visitor
Glorieta Baldy Lookout Closed to Visitor
Glorieta Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Holy Ghost Campground Open to Visitor
Holy Ghost Group Campground Open to Visitor
Iron Gate Campground Open to Visitor
Jacks Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Jacks Creek Group Campground Open to Visitor
Jacks Creek Horse Camp Open to Visitor
Jemez Falls Campground Open to Visitor Loops 1, 2 and 4 are closed for the winter. Loop 3 is open for public use. The entire campground will close following hunting season or after a significant snow event.
Jemez Falls Group Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Jemez Falls Trailhead Open to Visitor
Johnson Mesa Campground Open to Visitor
La Cueva Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
La Junta Fishing Site Closed to Visitor
Las Casitas Fishing Site Closed to Visitor
Las Conchas Day Use Site Closed to Visitor
Links Tract Campground Open to Visitor
Little Tesuque Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Lower Dalton Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Oak Flats Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Paliza Family Campground Closed to Visitor This campground is temporarily closed, and no trash service, toilets or camp host are available.
Paliza Group Campground Closed to Visitor
Penas Negras Open to Visitor
Po-shu-oinge' Interpretive Site (minor) Open to Visitor
Rattlesnake Ridge Interpretive Site (minor) Open to Visitor
Redondo Campground Closed to Visitor The campgropund is temporarily closed. No trash service, toilets or vehicle access is available.
Resumidero Camping Area Open to Visitor
Rincon Fishing Site Open to Visitor
Rio Chama Campground Closed to Visitor
Rio Chama Campground, Small Group Sites Closed to Visitor
Rio Chama Wild & Scenic River Open to Visitor
Rio De Las Vacas Campground Closed to Visitor
Rio Puerco Campground Open to Visitor
River's Bend Fishing Site Closed to Visitor
San Antonio Campground Closed 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
Seven Springs Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Spanish Queen Picnic Site Closed to Visitor The picnic area is closed for winter. PLease use Vista Linda Campground for day use picnics as well as overnight camping.
Tsi'pin Open to Visitor
Upper Dalton Fishing Access Fishing Site Open to Visitor
Vista Grande Overlook Observation Site Open to Visitor
Vista Linda Campground Open to Visitor
Windy Bridge Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Winsor Creek Fishing Area and 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.