Alerts & Notices

Restrictions & Closures

Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations 261.50 (a) gives each Forest Supervisor the authority to issue orders which close or restrict use of the of described areas within the area over which he/she has jurisdiction. An order may close an area to entry or may restrict the use of an area by applying any or all of the prohibitions authorized in Title 36, Part 261, Subpart B, of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Forest Closures

Forest Orders related to the complete closure of specific areas of the forest.

Date Order # Expires Title District(s)



In effect until rescinded

Special Order (Restricted Area-"Amole Fire") Closure

Camino Real RD



In effect until rescinded

Lower Hondo Campground Closure

Questa Ranger District




Fire Restrictions

Regional - Carson National Forest




Regional Closure Order 

Regional - Carson National Forest




Regional Occupancy and Use Restrictions

Regional - Carson National Forest 




Stage II Fire Restrictions

Carson National Forest


Forest Restrictions

Forest Orders related to the restrictions of certain activities in specific areas of the forest.


Closure Order Map

Please allow time for the map to load. To use the map:

  • Click on the red circle to open the closure order dialog box
  • Click on "Zoom to" at the bottom of the dialog box to see the closure order area
  • Click double arrows in upper left corner for the Legend and Details
  • Click "+" to zoom in
  • Click "house icon" to reset to original view
  • Click "-" to zoom out
  • Click "View larger map" to view map in full screen


  • Regional Motor Vehicle Code


  • Regional Fireworks, Explosives and Sparks Restrictions


Road Conditions

Carson National Forest Road Conditions – as of May 1, 2019

Roads on the Carson National Forest that were closed for the season are now open. However, some roads on the Camino Real District remain impassable due to snow and muddy conditions. These roads will remain closed and gated until road conditions improve. Please view a map of road conditions on the Camino Real District to see what is open or closed.  Road conditions will be evaluated daily and the map will be updated frequently.

New Mexico Road Report
Provided by the New Mexico Transportation Department; gives year round road conditions for all of New Mexico

Winter Conditions

New Mexico NRCS Snow Surveys
Snowpack information for all of New Mexico.

New Mexico Ski Report
Ski conditions service provided by SkiNewMexico

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Public Notices

Travel Management

Travel Management and Seasonal Closures

  • Travel Management restrictions are in place. There are seasonal closures on the Carson National Forest. Please refer to the Motor Vehicle Use Map or call the local ranger district office.
  • From May 1 to June 30, 2018, the west side (Taos County side) of the Valle Vidal Unit in the Questa Ranger District is closed for elk calving.  You are not allowed to leave your vehicle on the west side of the Valle Vidal due to the closure.