Welcome to the Santa Fe National Forest

Know Before You Go ChecklistAlpine Spring, Pecos Wilderness Baldy Lake with Truchas Peak in Background Autumn in Santa Fe National Forest’s High Country

Some of the finest mountain scenery in the Southwest is found in the 1.6-million-acre Santa Fe National Forest. Here, you can find the headwaters of Pecos, Jemez, and Gallinas Rivers; mountain streams; lakes; and trout fishing. Travel into Pecos, San Pedro Parks, Chama, and Dome Wildernesses via wilderness pack trips, saddle, or on 1,000 miles of hiking trails. Try whitewater rafting on the Rio Chama or Rio Grande from May to September. Consider turkey, elk, deer, and bear hunting, or visit one of many nearby Indian pueblos, Spanish missions, and Indian ruins. Golden aspen grace the high country from September to October and snow blankets Santa Fe Ski Basin in winter.

Know before you go...

Due to COVID-19: 

  • All developed campgrounds on the Santa Fe National Forest are closed to overnight camping. Trailheads are still accessible.
  • Campfire restrictions are in effect
  • Most toilet facilities on the forest are locked
  • Some picnic/day use sites are closed to the public
  • Trash collection is suspended

Many dispersed activities on all national forests are still allowed, including hiking and dispersed camping. Please follow all social distancing guidelines and  local guidance.

Regional Closure of Developed Recreation Sites

 

 

 

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Restricted Areas - Closed Developed Recreation Sites in The Southwestern Region

To protect public health and safety, and the health and safety of our employees and volunteers, and reflecting federal and state guidance to limit the spread of COVID-19, developed recreation sites are currently closed and group sizes are limited in other areas. 


Proposed Recreation Fees and Comment Information

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We are accepting comments on proposed changes to the management of the developed recreation program. These changes will impact campgrounds and day-use sites on the Carson, Gila, Lincoln, and Santa Fe National Forests, and the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands. Comment period ends December 31, 2020.


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Know before you go...

  • All developed campgrounds on the SFNF are closed to overnight camping
  • Trash collection is suspended.
  • Most toilet facilities are locked...

Beaver Dam Analogs (BDAs)

Beaver Dam Analogs

Human-made beaver dams on the Santa Fe National Forest improve wetlands and wildlife habitat. Watch a short video to learn more.

 




Fuelwood Permit Sales Start June 1

Fuelwood sales begin on June 1, 2020 and can be purchased over the phone.

History of Fire Lookouts on SFNF

Encino Lookout

A comprehensive and captivating history of fire lookouts on the Santa Fe National Forest by Barbara Zinn, who staffs the Barillas Lookout Tower during fire season.



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