Welcome to the Santa Fe National Forest!

Winter Wonderland

Whether you are participating in winter activities, taking a scenic drive, or gathering firewood, the Santa Fe National Forest is a "querencia," a special place.

Enjoy the Outdoors

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 mountains slopes, colorful volcanic formations, deep river gorges and primitive wilderness. Thousands of cultural and archaeological sites reflect the Santa Fe National Forest's rich historical heritage and the many cultures that value this landscape.

  • Let the Tradition Begin

    child and parent walk through the woods in search of a Christmas Tree

    Christmas tree permits allow you to cut down a Christmas tree from designated locations in the Santa Fe National Forest. Lifelong memories are built with family and friends during these special times. Permits are on sale through Dec. 31, 2023. Fourth graders may be eligible for a free tree!

  • 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.

  • 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.


2023 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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Santa Fe National Forest Plan Revision

Forest Plan Revision Symbol

The Forest Plan guides the Santa Fe National Forest in fulfilling its stewardship responsibilities to best meet the current and future needs of the American people. The draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) and revised draft land management plan (Draft Forest Plan) are now available on our website for public review.

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