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 not 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 Closed to Visitor This site is seasonally closed from January 5, 2016 thru April 9, 2016
Baldy Trail #176 Open to Visitor 2016 Season – Trail has not been cleared of downfall
Battleship Rock Picnic Site Closed to Visitor The picnic area is open for the summer season, 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 downfall. New trees may fall across the trail at anytime. Equestrian users are encouraged to carry a hand saw.
Big Eddy Boat Take-out Closed to Visitor
Big Pine Picnic Site Closed 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 not been cleared of downfall
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.
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 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 Closed 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 deadfall. New trees may fall across the trail at any time. Equestrian users are encouraged to carry a hand saw. Dockweiler Trail 259 from the junction of the Jacks Creek Trail 256 to Sebadillosos Trail 245 is within the Jaroso burn scar. Caution is recommeded when traveling through this area due to increased potential of wind thrown tree.
E.V. Long Campground Closed 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 Closed to Visitor This site is seasonally closed from January 5, 2016 thru April 9, 2016
Field Tract Campground Closed to Visitor This site is seasonally closed from January 5, 2016 thru April 9, 2016
Gallinas Trail #216 Open to Visitor 2016 Season – Trail has not been cleared of downfall
Gascon Trail #239 Open to Visitor 2016 Season - Trail has been cleared of dead fall between the 239/25 junction and the 239/249 junction. 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. New trees may fall across the trail at any time. Equestrian users are encouraged to carry a hand saw.
Hollinger Trail #219 Open to Visitor 2016 Season – Trail has not been cleared of downfall
Holy Ghost Campground Closed to Visitor
Holy Ghost Group Campground Closed 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 Closed to Visitor This site is seasonally closed from December 1, 2015 thru April 9, 2016
Jacks Creek Campground Closed to Visitor This site is seasonally closed from January 5, 2016 thru April 9, 2016
Jacks Creek Group Campground Closed to Visitor This site is seasonally closed from January 5, 2016 thru April 9, 2016
Jacks Creek Horse Camp Closed to Visitor This site is seasonally closed from January 5, 2016 thru April 9, 2016
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 Closed to Visitor Open for the season.
Jemez Falls Group Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Jemez Falls Trailhead Closed to Visitor
Johnson Mesa Campground Closed to Visitor This site is seasonally closed from January 5, 2016 thru April 9, 2016
La Cueva Picnic Site Closed to Visitor The picnic area will remain open all season.
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 Closed 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 Closed to Visitor
Middle Fork Trail #266 Open to Visitor 2016 Season – Trail has not been cleared of downfall
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 not been cleared of downfall. 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 not been cleared of downfall
Oak Flats Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Paliza Family Campground Closed to Visitor
Paliza Group Campground Closed 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. New trees may fall across the trail at any time. Equestrian users are encouraged to carry a hand saw.
Penas Negras 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 between Hermits Peak/El Porvenir Trailhead and the 247 junction with the Hermit's Ridge Trail. New trees may fall across the trail at any time. Equestrian users are encouraged to carry a hand saw.
Rattlesnake Ridge Interpretive Site (minor) Open to Visitor
Redondo Campground Closed to Visitor
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 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 not been cleared of downfall
Rito Perro Trail #256 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 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 Closed to Visitor
Rociada Trail #250 Open to Visitor 2016 Season – Trail has been cleared of downfall between the junction with 249 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 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
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 Closed 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 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 Closed to Visitor
Winsor Creek Fishing Area and Trailhead Closed to Visitor This site is seasonally closed from January 5, 2016 thru April 9, 2016
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.