EspaƱola Ranger District


The Sangre de Cristo Mountains provide an exquisite backdrop to the Española Ranger District. These picturesque mountains are considered one of the many jewels of Northern New Mexico. However, the Española Ranger District is full of extensive natural beauty.

From the aspens at Big Tesuque to the rugged summit of Lake Peak and Santa Fe Baldy, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. The Truchas Peaks that lie along the boundary between the Española and Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger Districts are a popular spot for hiking. Boasting the second highest peak in New Mexico, the summit is over 13,000 feet with an excellent view.

If your hiking in the Pecos Wilderness please review our trail condition report posted in the spring. The forested areas within the Pecos Wilderness experience numerous tree falls from the severe winters and periodic high winds. This makes many of the Wilderness trails more challenging to negotiate and find. Trailrider's Wall, photoSome areas have had fires or such severe blow down events that the trails remain closed. Each year, through the efforts of volunteers and contractors, as many trails as possible get cleared for recreation. The progress of the trail cleaning will be updated periodically on these maps. The map can be used as an aid to trip planning, but provides no guarantees as to trail conditions. Remember that this is Wilderness and be prepared accordingly.

The Española Ranger District extend from the foothills of Santa Fe to the Pecos Wilderness and borders the town of Española and Los Alamos. The Pueblos of Tesuque, Pojoaque, Nambe, Santa Clara and San Juan as well many rural Hispanic villages neighbor the Forest. The distinct location of the Española Ranger District makes it a quick trip to and from civilization. We think you will agree.

Enjoy your visit!

Contact Information

District Ranger: Sandra Imler-Jacquez
Address: 18537 US 84/285 Suite B Espanola, NM 87532
Phone: 505.753.7331
Office Hours: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F

Española Ranger District Office


From the North: If traveling south of Española on US 84/285, the Española Ranger Station is located on a frontage road, accessed by turning right at Boneyard Road one half mile south of the traffic light, where SR 399/106 meets the highway (near “Dreamcatcher Theater). From Boneyard Road, turn left onto the frontage road and follow for another half mile. Ranger Station is on the right.

From the South: Travel north on U.S. Highway 84/285, pass through Pojoaque toward Española. Two miles after the Nambe Junction (SR 503), take Exit 183, then take a left to cross over the highway, then take a right to get on the frontage road. In two miles you’ll see the Ranger Station on the left.

From the West: If coming in on State Highway 30 (Los Alamos route), take a right at the first set of lights after Santa Clara Pueblo. Follow the road to the next traffic light, where you take a right to get on Highway 84/285 southbound.

Española Ranger District Map

The Española Ranger District is split into several sections and shares the expansive Pecos Wilderness with its neighbor, the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District. The Española Ranger Station is located in Española, New Mexico.

Santa Fe National Forest, Cuba boundary map
Map provided by Santa Fe National Forest GIS