Winter Driving Conditions


With current and recent snowstorms, it's a good time to remember that winter driving can pose its own challenges. Here are some tips to keep in mind when traveling through the forest:

  • The New Mexico Department of Transporation manages state highways through the forest. Check for real-time alerts and closures.
  • Follow the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration detailed winter driving tips.
  • Check current and forecast weather conditions.
  • Plan ahead: Some Forest Service roads are seasonally closed in the winter and early spring.
  • Pack extra layers of clothing, including rain gear, socks, gloves or mittens, and a warm hat.
  • Bring a winter emergency kit, which should include a flashlight, map and compass, matches in a waterproof container, whistle, fire-starter, nylon cord, pocketknife, high-energy food, plastic tarp, space blanket, signal mirror, first aid kit, duct tape for repairs, and a metal container for melting snow. 

Go to Know Before You Go: Driving for more tips.

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