Fee Requirements Resume at Some Recreation Sites

Albuquerque, NM – May 20, 2020 – Nationwide, the majority of our national forests are open for public use, and we look forward to the day when all locations can safely reopen. The Forest Service is making every effort to expand recreation access while following CDC guidelines and state and local health and safety orders. As stay-at-home orders are lifted, we are revisiting our closure decisions. We remain committed to improving visitor access while working to keep visitors and employees safe. As services are restored at some developed recreation sites across the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands, the fees that had been charged at those sites will again be required. 


The Cibola offers a wide range of recreation opportunities for the public to enjoy. Please check the Interactive Visitor Map before you visit to make sure your destination is open and accessible. Some developed recreation sites, such as campgrounds and day-use areas, charge fees. The fee sites offer amenities such as restroom facilities, trash collection, visitor security, and interpretive services. Other developed recreation sites that offer limited services are free of charge. Many recreation opportunities such as hiking, biking, dispersed camping, and other activities remain fee-free.


If you are visiting fee sites on the Sandia Ranger District, consider purchasing the Sandia Annual Amenity Pass as a convenient option. It costs $30 and is valid for one year from the date of purchase. This is a great option for local excursions and provides access to standard amenity sites. 


You can also support the Cibola by purchasing an America the Beautiful Interagency Pass, which provides access to more than 2,000 recreation sites on public lands across the country, including all USDA Forest Service and National Park Service administered sites. It is also valid at Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Reclamation standard amenity fee sites. The pass costs $80, and is valid for one year from the date of purchase. Please call the Cibola National Forest Supervisors Office at (505) 346-3900 to purchase this pass.


Visitors are reminded to follow local public health guidelines regarding social distancing and to obey group size limits set under State law when visiting the Cibola. For additional information on COVID-19, go to https://www.coronavirus.gov. Information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is available at: www.usda.gov/coronavirus. Updates on the Cibola response to COVID-19 can be found on the Cibola website, and Facebook.



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