Comments sought for plan to add Aldo Leopold Mi Casita and Amole Group Shelter into rental program

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Taos, N.M., September 2, 2016—–The Carson National Forest is seeking public comments on a plan to add a historic cabin on the Tres Piedras Ranger District and a group shelter on the Camino Real Ranger District to the rental program.

The overnight rentals of cabins and group shelters is popular with the public for providing a unique recreational experience staying in historic Forest Service cabins while providing revenue for the ongoing maintenance and renovation of these historic buildings. Use of group shelter that can accommodate large numbers of people is also very popular and in demand.

The Aldo Leopold House consists of a 4-bedroom Craftsman Style Bungalow home that was built by Aldo Leopold when he was the new Forest Supervisor on the Carson National Forest. The Leopold House is located in the small village of Tres Piedras New Mexico and is a one and a half story home with a large front porch. The interior of the first floor has four rooms that include a dining room, kitchen, library and bedroom. A large stone fireplace is the focal point of the home. The upstairs of the home includes three bunk style bedrooms. The home was restored by volunteers and the Forest Service in 2005 and has running water, electricity, propane heat, a fully equipped kitchen and is fully furnished.

The 175 dollars per night proposed fee will include day and overnight use of the cabin. The 4-bedroom house can accommodate up to 11 people. If the proposed fees are approved the cabin should be available for rent in summer of 2017.

The Amole Group Shelter is on the Camino Real Ranger District, off of NM 518 near U.S. Hill.  The group shelter is an ideal spot for family or group gatherings and picnics.  The rental fee proposal for the group shelter would be 100 dollars a night.

The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act of 2004 (REA), requires that all proposals to charge new fees must include a public involvement process that includes notice and announcement of the proposal and a recommendation from a Recreation Resource Advisory Committee (RRAC).  The existing Bureau of Land Management’s Resource Advisory Council (BLM RAC) has been authorized to perform the RRAC function for Forest Service fee sites in New Mexico.  The proposed fees for the two cabins will be reviewed at the next regular meeting of the BLM RAC in May. 

If the proposal is approved, the public will be able to make reservations beginning in the summer 2017 by contacting the Forest Service National Recreation Reservation Service, ReserveAmerica, 1-877-444-6777 or In addition to the $175 nightly rental fee for the Leopold House and the $100 nightly rental fee for the Amole Shelter, a $9 service fee will be charged for each internet reservation and a $10 fee for each phone reservation. The reservation service also has information about renting and reserving other Forest Service facilities.

The Forest Service welcomes your questions, comments, concerns or support for their proposal to make the Aldo Leopold House and Amole Shelter available for overnight rentals.  They can be directed to Amy Simms at or by calling the Carson Supervisors Office at 575-758-6200.

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