Preparation and safety are of utmost importance while recreating in the national forest.  Please observe safety alerts and notices before your excursion to the forest.  Simply knowing the current conditions, closures and alerts prepares you for a pleasurable outdoor visit, free from any surprise that could deter your fun!

Rules and Closure Orders

In order to ensure the health and safety of forest visitors now and in the future, we ask you to follow the guidelines established to protect the forest and the natural environment. Long term and temporary closure orders and prohibitions are posted on the website, posted on bulletin boards, or located in the district or supervisor’s office. Alerts and Closures are posted below, as well.

Closure and Restrictions Map



Public Notices

Occupancy & Use Prohibitions Order # 03-03-00-23-03

This Order imposes a 14-day stay limit; places restrictions on alcoholic beverage consumption and parking; and bans public nudity.  The purpose of this Order is to protect National Forest and Grassland resources and to provide for public health and safety.  This Order shall be in effect from May 20, 2023, at 6 am, and shall remain in effect until Dec 31, 2027, unless rescinded. 

Occupancy & Use Prohibitions Order # 03-03-00-23-03

Occupancy & Use Prohibitions Order # 03-03-00-23-03 MAP

Tussock Moth Outbreak Resulting in Tree Defoliation

Douglas-Fir tussock moth are experiencing a rise in population on the Mountainair and Sandia Ranger Districts. The female moths, egg masses, and cocoons also have hairs, which can cause tussockosis, an allergic reaction from direct skin contact with the insects themselves or their airborne hairs.