Drought Closes Santa Fe National Forest Properties

SANTA FE – Due to drought and extreme fire danger, State Game Commission properties adjacent to the Santa Fe National Forest, including campgrounds and fishing areas in Pecos Canyon, the Bluebird Wildlife Management Area, and portions of Fenton Lake Wildlife Management Area will be closed to all public access beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, June 1. The closure will coincide with a full public-access closure on the Santa Fe National Forest announced this week by the U.S. Forest Service.

The closure order prohibits all public access and recreational activities on those properties. Campgrounds, parking areas, trails and trailheads will be closed to the general public.

Department of Game and Fish officers will increase patrols on commission-owned properties throughout the Santa Fe National Forest.

Statewide, anglers, campers and hikers who use state wildlife areas are urged to check restrictions before they travel. Wildlife areas observe the same fire restrictions put in place by the New Mexico Forestry Division or on adjoining National Forests, Bureau of Land Management and State Trust lands.

For more information about fire restrictions statewide, please visit the New Mexico Fire Information website: https://nmfireinfo.com/.