Welcome to the Santa Fe National Forest!

Past Meets Present

Whether you are gathering with family or gathering pinon nuts or firewood, the forest is a "querencia," a special place.

Discover Special Places

The Santa Fe National Forest is 1.6 million acres of mountains, valleys and mesas ranging from 5,000 to 13,000 feet in elevation. Visitors don’t have to travel far to find forested mountain slopes, colorful volcanic formations, deep river gorges, and primitive wilderness areas. Thousands of cultural and archaeological sites reflect the Santa Fe National Forest's rich historical heritage and the many cultures that value this landscape.

  • Smokey Bear Reading Challenge

    Smokey Bear graphic with the number 80 to celebrate his 80th birthday

    Help celebrate Smokey Bear's 80th Birthday.

Plan Your Visit

  • Recreation

    bike on trail on the national forest

    Year-round day use, water-focused recreation and trail opportunities offer a refuge in the cool mountain air.

  • Find Your Way

    trail on the forest

    Maps for every need, the way you want them: Interactive, Printed, Downloadable

  • Passes/Permits

    view up through birch trees

    Purchase your passes and permits online or at your destination.

Learn More about the Santa Fe National Forest

  • Caring for the Land

    Mexican Spotted Owls in a tree

    The Santa Fe National Forest manages public lands filled with natural resources and diverse wildlife. We work to protect at-risk species like the Mexican spotted owl and New Mexican jumping mouse, protect riparian and restore critical ecosystems, and ensure forest health through safe logging practices.


2024 Wildfire Season

cover of the EMNRD Ready Set Go evacuation guide

New Mexico follows the "Ready, Set, Go" protocol. The (Ready, Set, Go Action Guide (English) or En sus Marcas, Listos, Fuera! (Spanish), will help you and your family prepare for a wildfire emergency.

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Get Outdoors More and Save. New Mexico Enchantment Pass.


Plan your next adventure and save money! The New Mexico Enchantment Pass offers access to dozens of New Mexico National Forests' recreation areas for one low annual fee of $40.


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