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Description - The Santa Fe National Forest is one of the five National Forests in New Mexico. The National Forests are America's great outdoors, here to serve the American people at work and play. Some of the finest mountain scenery in the Southwest is found in the 1.6 million acres covered by the Santa Fe National Forest. Elevations rise from 5,300 to 13,103 feet at the summit of Truchas Peak, located within the Pecos Wilderness. Our objective is to maintain that natural beauty.

Attractions - The Santa Fe National Forest has a number of special places, including wilderness areas, wild and scenic rivers, a national recreation area and scenic byways. There are four wilderness areas on the forest. They cover almost 300,000 acres. Wilderness areas provide primitive recreation options. The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act was instituted by Congress in 1968 to protect outstanding free-flowing rivers. There are three wild and scenic rivers on the Forest: the Rio Chama, Pecos and East Fork of the Jemez. Jemez National Recreation Area (JNRA) was designated by Congress in 1993 to conserve and restore its recreational, natural and cultural resources. Learn more about the JNRA. The Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration has designated roads in the United States that should be recognized for their cultural, historic, scenic and recreational attributes.There are two Scenic and Historic Byways that pass through the Santa Fe National Forest.

Recreation - Recreational activities include; Camping, hiking, biking, fishing, picnicking, hunting and many more. Rising from deserts, meadows and grasslands, the mesas, canyons and peaks of the Santa Fe National Forest are a place for re- creation. Whether gathering of families or gathering pinon nuts and firewood, the forest is a "querencia" - a special place. The past meets the present in this environment where year-round day-use, water focused recreation and trail opportunities offer a refuge of cool mountain air. Use by many cultures imbues the Santa Fe with a rich historical heritage highlighted by special sites found throughout the forest.

Climate - This southwestern state is well known for its arid climate. Most areas experience cool winter weather, due to the general high elevation of the region. The southern areas of the state normally don't see much snow in winter and experience very warm summers. The northern regions and higher elevations can see heavy snow accumulate during the winter and many mountain passes are not maintained. The higher elevations offer much cooler summer temperatures and relief from the heat of the lower elevations.

Location - The Santa Fe National Forest’s Headquarters are located in Santa Fe. The Forest has six Ranger Stations - Coyote, Cuba, Jemez, Pecos, Las Vegas, and Española, and two satellite offices in Los Alamos and in Jemez Pueblo—Walatowa Visitor Center.


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Santa Fe National Forest, 1474 Rodeo Rd , Santa Fe, NE, 87505, Phone: (505) 438-7840

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New Mexico - This state's public lands consist mainly of BLM lands and National Forests. A few National Park Service sites complete the landscape of desert, forest and canyon.
New Mexico National Forests and Parks - The wide range of terrain and climates found in the state of New Mexico creates diverse settings in its National Forests and Park sites.

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