About the Forest

Santa Fe National Forest - Ranger Districts

The Santa Fe National Forest is administered through a Forest Supervisor's Office and five Ranger Districts. Download or print the Santa Fe National Forest Ranger District map (PDF).

Santa Fe National Forest Ranger District Map

Santa Fe National Forest, district boundary map

Map Legend

Ranger District

purple legend symbol for Coyote ranger district   Purple Coyote Ranger District
light blue legend symbol for Cuba ranger district   Light blue Cuba Ranger District
dark blue legend symbol for Espanola ranger district   Dark blue Española Ranger District
green legend symbol for Jemez ranger district   Green Jemez Ranger District
brown legend symbol for Pecos Las Vegas ranger district   Brown Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District

Climate

The climate in northern New Mexico is mild. The summer and fall months are characterized by daytime temperatures in the mid-80’s and chilly nights. Winters are also mild, but snow depths can average 8 to 10 feet. The monsoon season normally begins mid-July and lasts until mid-September. Hikers and campers should prepare for these rainstorms.

Fish & Wildlife

Fishing on the Santa Fe National Forest is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. The SFNF has more than 620 miles of streams and lakes. Many of these aquatic areas are stocked with Rainbow Trout and the native Cutthroat Trout. Fishing licenses can be obtained at the New Mexico Game and Fish Department.

Game animals roam the Santa Fe. They include mule deer, elk, turkey, black bear, mountain lion, and bighorn sheep. There are many species of smaller animals and song-birds. Wildflowers abound.

Wilderness

There are 291,669 acres of wilderness areas in the Santa Fe National Forest. Wilderness is land set aside as part of wild America, where people are visitors. The natural environment has not been disturbed and travel is restricted to foot or horseback. No mechanical equipment is allowed. Wilderness areas include Pecos, San Pedro Parks, Dome, and the Chama River Canyon. Together these areas contain a rich, diverse resource, including 13,000-foot alpine peaks, large grassy and aspen filled meadows, streams, rivers, and glacial lakes, dramatic colorful canyons, and a broad range of wildlife, cultural resources, and recreation opportunities.

Trails

There are 1,002 miles of trails on the Santa Fe, some maintained by volunteer groups. Opportunities abound for hiking, horseback riding, trail-biking, and 4-wheel drive exploring. Many summer hiking trails become cross-country ski and snowmobile trails in winter.

Camping

Presently, there are 23 campgrounds, 13 picnic areas, and one scenic overlook on the Santa Fe. In addition, there are countless opportunities for back-country camping, backpacking, hunting, and fishing. Without a doubt, the Santa Fe offers a variety of experiences for those seeking quality outdoor recreation visits.

Whether you plan a day trip or an overnight camping trip, the SFNF offers a variety of recreational areas in the high desert, mountain, or riparian areas. Most overnight camping spots cost an average of $6 a night. Reservations are required for group camp sites (1-877-444-6777 or Recreation.gov)

Fuelwood

At specific times throughout the year, the National Forest offers firewood permits. Permits are for dead and down trees, green piñon-juniper and pine are also available. During the holiday season, the SFNF sells permits for Christmas trees. Each of these permits may be purchased at the Supervisor’s Office in Santa Fe, or Ranger District offices.