Recreation


Camping In Santa Fe

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Rising from deserts, meadows and grasslands, the mesas, canyons and peaks of the Santa Fe National Forest are a place for re-creation. Whether you are gathering with family or gathering pinon nuts or firewood, the forest is a "querencia" - a special place. The past meets the present in this environment where year-round day use, water-focused recreation and trail opportunities offer a refuge in the cool mountain air. Thousands of cultural and archaeological sites reflect the Santa Fe National Forest’s rich historical heritage and the many cultures that value this landscape.

Some areas remain closed. Please be aware of your location when in the forest. Avoid restricted areas.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

Area Name Status Area Conditions
Aspen Vista Picnic Site Open Open
Baker Flat Picnic Site Closed Closed
Battleship Rock Picnic Site Closed Closed Picnic Site is closed for the season. The Upper Battleship Trailhead parking remains open.
Big Eddy Boat Take-out Open Open
Big Pine Picnic Site Closed Closed
Big Tesuque Campground Open Open
Black Canyon Campground Closed Closed Campground is closed for the season. Please visit: Reserve online to reserve for the 2023 season. 
Bluffs Fishing Site Open Open
Chavez Canyon Boat Launch Closed Closed
Clear Creek Campground Open Open Campsites are currently available on a first come first served basis.  The drinking water is scheduled to be turned off on 10/19/22. The Campground will close for the season on 11/15/22.
Clear Creek Campground Group Area Closed Closed
Clear Creek Picnic Site Open Open
Cowles Campground Closed Closed Campground is closed for the 2022 Season. 
Cowles Ponds Fishing Site Open Open
Coyote Canyon Camping Area Open Open
Dark Canyon Fishing Site Open Open
E.V. Long Campground Closed Closed
East Fork Trail (#137) Open Open
East Fork Trailhead #137 Open Open
El Porvenir Campground Closed Closed
Field Tract Campground Closed Closed Closed for the 2022 season
Holy Ghost Campground Closed Closed Campground closed for the 2022 Season. 
Holy Ghost Group Campground Closed Closed
Iron Gate Campground Closed Closed Campground is closed for the season. 
Iron Gate Trailhead Open Open Closed for the 2022 season on 11/30/22.
Jacks Creek Campground Closed Closed Campground is closed for the 2022 Season.
Jacks Creek Group Campground Closed Closed
Jacks Creek Horse Camp Closed Closed Closed for the season.
Jacks Creek Trail #257 Open Open
Jemez Falls Campground Closed Closed Campground is closed for the 2022 season. Create your reservation for the 2023 through Recreation.gov
Jemez Falls Group Picnic Site Closed Closed
Jemez Falls Trailhead Closed Closed Vehicular access to this trailhead is closed for the season.
Johnson Mesa Campground Closed Closed
La Cueva Picnic Site Closed Closed Picnic Area is closed for the season.
La Junta Fishing Site Open Open
Las Casitas Fishing Site Open Open
Las Conchas Day Use Site Closed Closed Picnic Site is closed for the season.
Las Conchas Trailhead Open Open Vehicular Parking is limited. 
Links Tract Campground Open Open
Little Tesuque Picnic Site Open Open
Lower Dalton Picnic Site Closed Closed Closed for the 2022 Season.
Oak Flats Picnic Site Closed Closed
Paliza Family Campground Closed Closed Campground is closed for the 2022 season.
Paliza Group Campground Closed Closed
Panchuela Campground Closed Closed Campground closed for the season.
Panchuela Trailhead Closed Closed Vehicular access closed for the season.
Redondo Campground Closed Closed Campground will close on 10/11/22 for the season. 
Resumidero Camping Area Open Open
Rincon Fishing Site Open Open
Rio Chama Campground Closed Closed Campground is closed for 2022 season of use. 
Rio De Las Vacas Campground Open Open Campsites are currently available on a first come first served basis.  The drinking water is scheduled to be turned off on 10/19/22. The Campground will close for the season on 11/15/22.
Rio En Medio Trail #163 Closed Closed Medio Fire Area Closure
Rio Puerco Campground Open Open Limited services may be available. Please be prepared and recreate responsibly. Park only in designated areas. Avoid crowded areas to maintain social distancing and comply with state public health orders limiting group size. Visit our Know Before You Go page for more information.
River's Bend Fishing Site Open Open
San Antonio Campground Closed Closed From mid-May through October campsites can reserved through Recreation.gov or by calling toll free 1-877-444-6777 four days in advance.   
San Antonio Group Campground Closed Closed
San Antonio Hot Springs Open Open
San Diego Canyon Overlook Overlook Site Open Open
San Diego Fishing Site Open Open
Spanish Queen Picnic Site Open Open
Spence Hot Spring Trailhead Open Open Please pack out all trash. 
Upper Dalton Fishing Access Fishing Site Open Open
Vacas Trail/San Gregorio Lake Trailhead #51 Open Open
Vista Linda Campground Open Open
Windy Bridge Picnic Site Closed Closed Closed for the season.
Winsor Trailhead and Winsor Creek Fishing Area Closed Closed Vehicular access closed for the season.

Spotlights

Espanola Ranger District

Aspens in full color at Santa Fe Ski Basin

Española Ranger District contains the western segment of the iconic Pecos Wilderness, the Caja Del Rio Plateau, and many more scenic areas. The Truchas Peaks border the Pecos/Las Vegas and Española ranger district boundaries and are a popular hiking destination. Every fall, people are drawn to Hyde Park Road to view the enchanting golden fall foliage of the quaking aspen.  There are plenty of developed sites to stop and enjoy the view! Both the Santa Fe and Los Alamos areas have trails nearby maintained by the Forest Service, providing an escape from city life and the summer heat.

There are four geographic regions that make up the Espanola Ranger District within the Santa Fe National Forest. These are the Forest lands South of Abiquiu, the Forest lands around Los Alamos, the Forest Lands West of Santa Fe known as the Caja del Rio, and the Forest Land North of Santa Fe within the Sangre de Cristo Range. A general map of popular recreation sites and trails in each of these areas can be seen by selecting the map area of interest below:

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Coyote Ranger District

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.

Cuba Ranger District

The Cuba Ranger District is located in the western part of the Santa Fe National Forest and shares the San Pedro Parks Wilderness with the Coyote Ranger District. San Pedro Parks Wilderness is easily accessed through the San Gregorio Lake Trailhead, and the district also provides access to the Continental Divide Scenic Trail. The Rio De Las Vacas and Clear Creek Campgrounds provide visitors with scenic views of the surrounding mountains. It’s the perfect weekend getaway and a respite from the New Mexico summer heat. Bull elk bugle in the fall, and quaking aspen change their colors to gold as temperatures cool.

Jemez Ranger District

Landscape view picnic site of Jemez Ranger District

The Jemez Ranger District is home to the Jemez National Recreation Area, located within the Jemez Mountains. A drive through the district reveals multiple cultural landmarks and impressive geological formations. Red rock canyons, round peaks, colorful mesas and clear blue skies provide an inspiring backdrop. Cottonwood gallery forests dot the lower recreation sites and provide shade for anglers in the summer, turning brilliant hues of gold and yellow in the fall. In the higher elevations, quaking aspen take over and display their foliage of gold and red. Trails lead to hot springs and waterfalls, glimpses of the Valles Caldera, and majestic views of the mountains. A visit to the district will leave you enchanted by the land that the people of the Jemez Pueblo have lived in for generations.

Closure Information

Pecos - Las Vegas Ranger District

View of a mountain hillside with yellow aspen and pine trees.

NOTICE: Parts of the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District are currently under a closure order. Please see the main Santa Fe National Forest homepage for more information about what areas are closed. 

The Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District is home to the iconic Pecos Wilderness, and the headwaters of the Pecos River originate from the district. A vast system of trails provide plenty of day hiking and backpacking for adventure seekers of all levels. Multiple campgrounds like Jack’s Creek, Iron Gate and Panchuela make great base camps for those exploring the wilderness. The Wild and Scenic Pecos River Corridor provides excellent stream fishing. The district, which extends east toward Las Vegas, is rich with history and wildlife. The Las Vegas side has trails that also extend into the Pecos Wilderness. From hunting to hiking, recreation opportunities on this district are plentiful.