Please Plan Ahead for the Memorial Day Weekend

Albuquerque, NM – May 20, 2020 – Consider a special hike, bike ride, picnic, or other outing as you pause to remember those who gave their lives in military service during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. The Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands offer a multitude of recreational opportunities. This will be the first national holiday since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and the unofficial beginning of the summer outdoor recreation season. Our priority remains the safety of our public, employees, and volunteers. Planning ahead can help ensure a safe and enjoyable getaway for everyone.

Check ahead of time to ensure that that your favorite destination is open. Try to visit areas that are less crowded. While access to some recreational sites is being restored, other sites remain closed to protect public health and safety. Services such as toilet maintenance and trash removal remain limited in some areas, so please plan on taking your trash with you. Be respectful of others by maintaining a safe social distance. Bring your own hand sanitizer or other means to wash your hands with soap and water. The Cibola’s Interactive Visitor Use Map may offer some ideas to help you plan your visit.

The fire danger remains high as hot and windy weather patterns continue. To reduce the risk of human-caused wildfire and to protect the health and safety of firefighters and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, a campfire ban is in place on all districts of the Cibola.

Stage 2 fire restrictions are in place on the Mount Taylor, Magdalena, Mountainair, and Sandia Ranger Districts. Stage 2 fire restrictions prohibit campfires and stove fires; smoking, except within a vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or an area at least three feet in diameter that is cleared of vegetation; driving off designated roads; and operating a chainsaw or other equipment. Fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices are always prohibited. Fuelwood permit holders may still collect wood as long as the chainsaws are off by 10 a.m.

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 and more information about fire restrictions can be found on the Cibola website, and Facebook.

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