SFNF Announces Temporary Closure of Multiple Recreation Sites; Other Recreation Opportunities Remain Available

Contact(s): Julie Anne Overton

SFNF Announces Temporary Closure of Multiple Recreation Sites;
Other Recreation Opportunities Remain Available

SANTA FE, NM – March 31, 2020 – In alignment with current federal, state and local guidance for social distancing and to ensure the health and safety of its employees, visitors and volunteers, the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will temporarily shut down several developed recreation sites and restroom facilities across the forest.

Although some facilities are closed, a majority of the forest is still open to visitors who want to spend time outdoors. Most trailheads are open now or will be when the snow melts, including those that originate on or near developed campgrounds. Dispersed camping outside developed sites is still an option, and most fishing accesses are still accessible.

Until further notice:

  • All developed campgrounds are closed to overnight camping due to COVID-19 and/or seasonal conditions.
  • All toilet facilities on the forest are locked.
  • Some picnic/day use sites are gated and closed to the public.
  • Trash collection is suspended.

These measures are in compliance with region-wide closure orders on pandemic response and occupancy and use restrictions.

The list below provides information on current closures on the SFNF.

Coyote Ranger District
Coyote Canyon Campground
Resumidero Campground
Rio Chama Campground
Rio Puerco Campground

Cuba Ranger District
Clear Creek Campground, Group Site and Picnic Area
Rio de las Vacas Campground
Los Pinos, Palomas, San Gregorio and San Jose Trailheads are seasonally closed but are expected to open.

Española Ranger District
Aspen Basin Campground
Big Tesuque Campground
Black Canyon Campground
Borrego Mesa Campground
Caja del Rio Headquarters Day Use Area

Jemez Ranger District
Jemez Falls Campground, Group Site and Picnic Area
Paliza Family and Group Campgrounds
Redondo Campground
San Antonio and San Antonio Group Campgrounds
Vista Linda Campground
Battleship Rock Picnic Site
La Cueva Picnic Site
Las Conchas Picnic Site
Seven Springs Picnic Site
Spanish Queen Picnic Site
San Antonio Hot Springs
Spence Hot Springs

Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District
Cowles Campground
El Porvenir Campground
EV Long Campground
Field Tract Campground
Holy Ghost Campground and Group Area
Iron Gate Campground
Jacks Creek Campground, Group Area and Horse Camp
Johnson Mesa Campground
Links Tract Campground
Panchuela Campground
Lower Dalton and Upper Dalton Fishing Sites
The Windy Bridge Picnic Site and the Holy Ghost, Winsor Creek, Iron Gate, Jacks Creek and Panchuela Trailheads are seasonally closed.

Visit the Interactive Visitor Map at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/santafe/ivm for more information on available activities and closed sites.

To protect public health and safety all visitors to the forest are encouraged to:

  • Avoid visiting the forest if you are sick and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on personal hygiene and social distancing before and during your visit to the forest.  
  • Take your trash with you when you leave. Trash overflowing the receptacles becomes litter and can be harmful to wildlife and attract predators.
  • Please make arrangements to use the restroom before or after your visit to the forest. Unmanaged waste creates a health hazard for our employees and for other visitors.
  • If an area is crowded, please search for a less occupied location. Also consider avoiding the forest during high-use periods.

All SFNF offices are conducting business and providing services virtually. The Forest Service continues to assess and temporarily suspend access to recreation areas that attract large crowds and cannot meet social distancing guidelines recommended by the CDC and the New Mexico Department of Health. Information from the Department of Agriculture is available at www.usda.gov/coronavirus.

Contact information for SFNF Headquarters and the ranger district offices is posted on the forest website. Updates on the SFNF response to COVID-19 will also be posted on Facebook and Twitter.