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Travel Safely in Santa Fe County- Wildfire information and resources

The safety and well-being of our residents and visitors has always been Santa Fe County’s top priority. Now, more than ever, we are dedicated to helping you feel confident to travel safely. Santa Fe County continues to work closely with our business partners, monitoring the continued threat of wildfires impacting Northern New Mexico and our surrounding areas, to ensure you can feel comfortable during your visit to Santa Fe County. 

Please be sure to check individual websites for detailed information regarding any closures or changes in visiting hours for National Forests, National Parks and Monuments, and State Parks prior to visiting.

No evacuation orders have been implemented.

All businesses, events, and organizations are currently open and operating as normal.

Effective, June 24, 2022 - Due to recent rains in Northern New Mexico the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will lift both Stage 2 and Stage 3 fire restrictions for most of the 1.6-million-acre forest effective at 8:00 am this morning. The closure order for the Cerro Pelado fire area on the Jemez Ranger District will remain in effect. The Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District will also remain under a fire closure order as firefighters continue to work on the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires.

For more information visit: https://nmfireinfo.com/2022/06/23/santa-fe-nf-lifts-forest-wide-fire-restrictions-june-24/

*All Santa Fe County Trails are open to the public effective June 24, 2022. This opening is due to the early onset of monsoonal weather patterns and the fact that Santa Fe National Forest has lifted fire restrictions for most of the 1.6-million-acre forest.

*All City of Santa Fe Trails are also open.

* Hyde Memorial State Park will re-open to the public for day-use on Friday, June 24th and for camping Monday, June 27th. New Mexico’s first State Park, Hyde Memorial State Park is set in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains pine forest, along Little Tesuque Creek.The park is a short drive from Santa Fe and offers excellent group facilities and campsites. There are beautiful hiking trails with spectacular views. You can enjoy Hyde Memorial State Park in the winter months too with snowshoeing, sledding, and cross-country skiing opportunities available. 

*Wifi available at Visitor Center. Park Elevation 8,300 – 9,400 ft. Please see the Park Alerts section for more information.

https://www.emnrd.nm.gov/spd/find-a-park/hyde-memorial-state-park/

* Galisteo Basin Preserveis Open: Commonweal Conservancy will reopen the Galisteo Basin Preserve’s trails and trailheads on Friday, June 24, at 7:30 am.

* Cerrillos Hills State Park is Open. Cerrillos Hills, New Mexico’s 34th State Park, is a year-round, day-use park located off the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. You will cross paths with over 1,100 years of mining history along the five miles of trails and enjoy spectacular views of the Sandia, Ortiz, Jemez, and Sangre de Cristo Mountain Ranges. Park Elevation 5,900 – 6,100 ft. Park is open daily for day-use. Please see Park Alerts for more information                                                https://www.emnrd.nm.gov/spd/find-a-park/cerrillos-hills-state-park/

Nambe Falls and Nambe Lake Recreational Area is Open and they have extended their hours of operation to add Mondays. They will be open Thursday through Monday 7:00am to 7:00pm. 6:30pm is when visitors need to start making their way out of the park. They are still allowing camping at the park but they ask that you follow the fire restrictions. No open campfires and no charcoal grills. Propane grills and propane fire pits are still allowed. Primitive campsites are first come/first serve. Ramadas with the water and power hookups are by reservation. You can call the Ranger Station to check availability of Ramadas and for further information at (505) 455-2304 during park business hours.

Effective May 27, 2022, Bandelier National Monument has reopened the following trails:

The Pueblo Loop and Falls Trail to Upper Falls, Frey and Tyuonyi Overlook Trails and the Tsankawi Trail. All campgrounds, wilderness areas and backcountry trails as well as the Alcove House and Alcove House Trail will remain closed.

Mandatory Shuttle Buses for Bandelier National Monument Begin Saturday, June 4, 2022

All visitors who would like to visit Frijoles Canyon including the visitor center, park store, café and Pueblo Loop Trail, will be required to take a shuttle between the hours of 9 AM and 3 PM daily. Outside those hours, visitors may drive directly down into Frijoles Canyon. The shuttle bus will carry visitors from the White Rock Visitor Center to the Frey Trailhead (across from Juniper Campground) and then to the park visitor center. Shuttles run every 30 minutes on weekdays and every 20 minutes on weekends. There is no charge for riding the shuttle but all normal National Park Service entry fees still apply. All visitors are required to check in with a ranger when they arrive in the park.

These are exceptions where visitors are not required to ride the shuttle:

1. Visitors can drive in before 9 AM and after 3 PM

2. Bicycles

3. Anyone with Handicap Placard

4. Anyone seeking an Overnight Backcountry Permit

5. ALL Commercial Groups

6. Educational Groups in a Bus or Van

7. Anyone on Official Park Business

8. Campers going ONLY to Campground (Shuttle Stop into Canyon at Campground)

More information: https://www.nps.gov/band/planyourvisit/visitsummer2022.htm

* Pecos National Historical Park has reopened to the public on Thursday, June 2nd. The park’s grounds will be open 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and the visitor center (including film, museum exhibits and bookstore) and Ancestral Sites Trail will be accessible 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Due to fire restrictions, the summer fishing season at Pecos National Historical Park is delayed indefinitely.

* Pecos National Historical Park’s Civil War Battlefield Trail will reopen to the public on Saturday, June 25th! Ranger-guided tours of the battlefield will resume on Friday, July 1st.

For more information about the park contact Pecos NHP at (505) 757-7241 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/peco.

Click Here for City of Santa Fe fire Updates

Important Update Regarding Mask Requirements in New Mexico

On, February 17, 2022 Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham ended the  New Mexico’s indoor mask mandate. The mandate will be lifted for schools and daycares, leaving the mandate up to individual districts and daycares. A mandate will continue to be in place at hospitals and nursing homes.

 

Beginning July 1, 2021, all businesses, large events, and organizations across the state may once again operate at 100% of maximum capacity.


* There have been no state travel restrictions or requirements since mid-February.


The safety and well-being of our residents and visitors has always been Santa Fe County's top priority. Now, more than ever, we are dedicated to helping you feel confident to travel safely. Santa Fe County continues to work closely with our business partners, monitoring the new safety procedures and practices being implemented within restaurants, accommodations, attractions, venues and more, to ensure you can feel comfortable during your visit.

For additional information on the status of COVID-19 in New Mexico, visit cv.nmhealth.org.