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Forest Updates

Fire Restrictions Lifted

Fire restrictions and the “hoot owl” provision prohibiting chainsaws between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. have been lifted on the Santa Fe National Forest. Forest visitors are urged to follow campfire safety procedures.  It is every camper’s responsibility to properly maintain and extinguish a campfire to prevent wildfires.

Fuelwood Permit Sales (personal-use) 

You can now submit a request to purchase a personal-use fuelwood permit online and receive a call-back from a customer service representative to complete the transaction.

Submit A Request

  • The online request requires your email, full name and phone number. Do not include your credit card information. Please tell us the name of the district where you expect to collect fuelwood. If you want to purchase a permit for green wood on Rowe Mesa, please note that as well. 
  • Due to the high volume of calls and requests, it may take us a day or two to return your call.  Thank you for your patience.


The Santa Fe National Forest reopened most developed campgrounds on Monday, June 15. The SFNF is resuming trash collection and reopening toilet facilities across the forest.

  • Six group campgrounds – Clear Creek, Paliza, Jemez Falls, San Antonio, Holy Ghost and Jacks Creek Group Campgrounds – will remain closed in alignment with current federal guidance and New Mexico state public health orders limiting group size. 
  • Trailheads are still accessible.

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


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.


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Recent News


Court Approves Stipulation to Modify Injunction for Certain Activities

Updated: July 23, 2020

On October 23 the court issued an order approving the recently filed stipulation to modify the ongoing court-ordered injunction, allowing select timber management activities to resume. These activities include the cutting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree, personal Christmas tree cutting, the cutting of personal use forest products such as vigas and latillas, special product collection by tribes for ceremonial purposes, and the cutting of certain hazard trees.

We continue to extend our gratitude to our state and federal partners and countless community leaders for their continued support. We are committed to being as open and transparent as possible in notifying interested groups and individuals when we take steps aimed at alleviating the stressors of the recent court-ordered injunction.

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. 

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