Coyote Ranger District

Area Status: Open
Landscape View of Coyote Ranger District

The Coyote Ranger District, the northernmost district of the Santa Fe National Forest, encompasses 265,100 acres. The Chama River Canyon Wilderness and the northern section of the San Pedro Parks Wilderness provide amazing recreation opportunities. Visitors delight in floating the Wild and Scenic Rio Chama or hiking in the San Pedro Parks to escape the summer heat. The Coyote Ranger District also has 40 miles of the famous Continental Divide Scenic Trail system passing through its canyons and forests.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Office hours
Closest Towns: Coyote
Water: yes
Restroom: yes
Operated By: Forest Service

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Areas for Mountain Biking at Coyote Ranger District

Campground Camping

Areas for Campground Camping at Coyote Ranger District

RV Camping

Areas for RV Camping at Coyote Ranger District

Group Camping

Areas for Group Camping at Coyote Ranger District

Big Game Hunting

Species mule deer, elk, cougar, bear

Areas for Big Game Hunting at Coyote Ranger District

Small Game Hunting

Areas for Small Game Hunting at Coyote Ranger District

Viewing Wildlife

Areas for Viewing Wildlife at Coyote Ranger District

Viewing Plants

Viewing Scenery

Areas for Viewing Scenery at Coyote Ranger District

Interpretive Areas

Areas for Interpretive Areas at Coyote Ranger District

Boating - Non-Motorized

Areas for Boating - Non-Motorized at Coyote Ranger District

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

The southern and eastern boundaries of the San Pedro Parks Wilderness have relatively gentle slopes making great areas for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Unfortunately road access to these areas is difficult due to snow.

The best winter access is via paved State Highway 126 east out of Cuba, NM, to Forest Road 70. Forest Road 70 is frequently not passable during winter so you likely must gear up near this intersection. It is approximately 3 miles to the San Gregorio Trailhead on Forest Road 70. Snowmobiling is a good option on Forest Road 70 to Forest Road 103.

Unpaved Forest Road 103 leaves paved State Highway 96 between Coyote & Gallina, NM, and is frequently not passable during winter for highway vehicles. Embark on Forest Road 103 as conditions permit for recreation opportunities including snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

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6500 - 6500