Carson National Forest Provides Clarification on Developed Recreation Closures Corrections

Taos, NM– March 26, 2020 – Following the March 20, 2020 orderly closure of developed recreation sites on the five New Mexico forests, including the Carson National Forest, clarification was needed to communicate those specific developed recreation sites that have been closed under this order. The vast majority of the forest still remains available to visitors who want time outdoors. At this time, recreation opportunities include hiking and biking on trails, dispersed camping and other activities that support social distancing and small groups (less than 5 people).

Developed Recreation Sites that are Closed Under the March 20, 2020 Order

  • El Nogal (Camino Real Ranger District)
  • Echo Amphitheater (Canjilon Ranger District)
  • Cuchilla de Medio (Questa Ranger District)

Developed Recreation Sites that are Seasonally Closed – these areas are seasonally closed due to snow, or their scheduled opening date is typically in May.

Camino Real Ranger District:

  • Agua Piedra Campground (CG)
  • Amole Canyon Day Use
  • Capulin CG
  • Comales CG
  • Duran Canyon CG
  • Hodges facility
  • La Junta CG
  • La Sombra CG
  • Las Petacas CG
  • Pot Creek Cultural Site
  • Santa Barbara CG
  • Trampas Canyon facilities

Questa Ranger District:

  • Cabresto Lake CG
  • Columbine CG
  • Cuchilla CG
  • Elephant Rock CG
  • Fawn Lakes CG
  • Goat Hill CG
  • Junebug CG
  • Lower Hondo CG
  • Shuree Ponds Day Use
  • Twining CG


Canjilon Ranger District:

  • Canjilon Lakes CG
  • Trout Lakes CG

El Rito Ranger District:

  • El Rito CG and Group Shelter

Tres Piedras Ranger District:

  • Hopewell Lake CG
  • Lagunitas CG