September 20, 2019

Carson National Forest Opening Dates

Opening Dates for Developed Campgrounds and Picnic areas in the Carson National Forest

May 18, 2019 Openings

June Bug, Columbine, Goat Hill, Elephant Rock, Santa Barbara, Agua Piedra, Upper & Lower La Junta, Duran Canyon, Comales. Echo Amphitheater and Cebolla Mesa are currently open.

May 24, 2019 Openings

Hopewell, Cimmaron, McCrystal, Las Petacas, Capulin, La Sombra, Lower Hondo, Cuchilla, Cuchilla del Medio, and Twining

Not Yet Set To Open

Los Piños, Lagunitas, Trout Lakes, and Canjilon Lakes are still being impacted by snow. These opening dates will be communicated as soon as we know that the sites are accessible. Fawn Lakes and Fawn Lakes Campground are currently closed due to high river runoff.

Several of these Campgrounds may be reserved at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.

There are currently no fire restrictions on the forest but it is critical that all campfires be properly extinguished. Do not take unnecessary risks by lighting campfires on hot and windy days. The west side of the Valle Vidal Unit in Taos County is closed through June 30 for elk calving but Forest Road 1950 is open to the public all the way through the Valle Vidal. In the closed area you are not allowed to leave your vehicle.

Carson National Forest Offers More Forest Plan Revision Open Houses

The Carson National Forest is restarting monthly forest plan revision open houses. The next open house will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the Carson NF Supervisor’s Office (208 Cruz Alta Rd.) in Taos. Additional open houses are scheduled for May 15, 2019 and June 12, 2019 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the Supervisor’s Office.

These are informal opportunities for the public to interact with the forest plan revision team, learn about the revision process and new documents we are producing, and hear about upcoming opportunities to get involved. There is no set agenda or presentation. You don’t need to arrive at 12:00 or stay for the full 2 hours.

The Carson National Forest is revising its current forest plan to address needed management changes so that the forest can provide healthy forest resources and benefits for present day use and future generations. We will be releasing an official draft forest plan and draft environmental impact statement in the next few months, with more formal opportunities to be involved and provide comments this summer. In the meantime, please read about the process and look for updates on our forest plan revision website.

For more information or to provide input about Forest Plan Revision, visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/carsonforestplan, call 575-758-6221, or email carsonplan@fs.fed.us.

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Prescribed Burns

From Carson National Forest

Fire managers on the Camino Real Ranger District of the Carson National Forest hope to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather to conduct prescribed burns sometime between December 2017 and February 2018.

Area of concentration is East La Jara: This will consist of burning of slash piles west of Taos Pines, 2 miles northwest of Angel Fire. The unit is 20 acres located off State Highway 64 and State Highway 434.

Smoke may be visible from the following areas:

Taos Canyon, Shady Brook, Valle Escondido, State Highway 64, Angel Fire, Eagle Nest, and State Highway 434

Stage 3 Fire Restrictions Still In Effect

Carson National ForestStage 3 fire restrictions are still in effect for Carson National Forest. Stage 3 fire restrictions mean that the forest is off limits to ALL activities, including off-roading, hiking, biking and horseback riding. For further information please call 877-864-6985.

“Public safety is and will always be our top priority,” said Tommy Mutz, Division Director for New Mexico State Parks. “We will reopen to the public when sufficient precipitation is received to adequately reduce extremely dry conditions and reduce the risk of wildfire.”

  • No building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, wood or charcoal burning stove or grill in dispersed areas. Propanoves and grills are allowed in Developed Recreation Sites.
  • Smoking is allowed only in vehicles or inside buildings.
  • No possession or discharging of any kind of fireworks or other pyrotechnic device. Fireworks are always banned from the National Forest
  • No use of any explosives.
  • No chainsaw use or other internal/external combustion engine use between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • All internal or external combustion engines must have a spark-arresting device properly installed, maintained, and in effective working order.
  • No welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
  • No motor vehicle use off-road on federal lands, except when parking in an area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway. This includes ATVs, UTVs and motorcycles. The Track Fire was thought to have started by an off-roading ATV.

Violating any state law, that specifically concerns burning, fires, or that which is for the purpose of preventing or restricting the spread of fire.Violations of these regulations is punishable as a Class B misdemeanor, by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six (6) months or both.

State Parks

Morphy Lake, Coyote Creek and Cimmarron Canyon State Parks will be closed due to extreme fire danger.

Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

Carson National ForestCarson National Forest Has Entered Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

Taos, N.M., June 22, 2011 — High fire danger has prompted the Carson National Forest to implement Stage 2 fire restrictions effective at 8:00 am, Friday, June 24, 2011.

Stage 2 fire restrictions include the following:

  • No building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, wood or charcoal burning stove or grill in dispersed areas. Propane & white gas stoves and grills are allowed in Developed Recreation Sites only.
  • Smoking is allowed only in vehicles or inside buildings.
  • No possession or discharging of any kind of fireworks or other pyrotechnic device. Fireworks are always banned from the National Forest
  • No use of any explosives.
  • No chainsaw use or other internal/external combustion engine use between the hours of 10:00 am and 6:00 pm.
  • All internal or external combustion engines must have a spark-arresting device properly installed, maintained, and in effective working order.
  • No welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
  • No motor vehicle use off-road on federal lands, except when parking in an area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway. This includes ATVs, UTVs and motorcycles. The Track Fire was thought to have started by an off-roading ATV.
  • Violating any state law, that specifically concerns burning, fires, or that which is for the purpose of preventing or restricting the spread of fire.
  • Violations of these regulations is punishable as a Class B misdemeanor, by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six (6) months or both.

The Jicarilla District will remain in Stage 1 restrictions.

For more information call 1-877-864-6985 or visit www.fs.fed.us/r3/carson or www.nmfireinfo.com for all State and Federal recreation sites in New Mexico.