Forest Closures

Summer is a great time to explore New Mexico's public lands and wild places. However, summer is also wildfire season, meaning public land managers occasionally close popular hiking trails or recreational sites out of safety concerns.

This page will be your go-to guide for all forest closures and fire restrictions during the 2020 summer season. View the list of closures below before you plan your next outdoor adventure.


Forest Service Closures and Restrictions

Carson National Forest

Carson National Forest homepage
Carson National Forest fire management information

Cibola National Forest

Cibola National Forest homepage
Cibola National Forest closures and fireworks restrictions map

Gila National Forest

Gila National Forest homepage

Lincoln National Forest

Lincoln National Forest homepage

Santa Fe National Forest

Santa Fe National Forest homepage

Closed Recreation sites:
Cowles Ponds Fishing Site
Cowles Parking Areas
Cowles Campgroud
Winsor Ridge Trailhead
Panchuela Campground
Panchuela Trailhead
Holy Ghost Trailhead

Forest Service roads:
Forest Road 121 (Winsor Canyon Road) from NM Route 63 in its entirety (T 19N, R 12E, sec 34)
Forest Road 305 (Panchuela Road) from Forest Road 121 in its entirety (T 18N, R 12E, sec 3)

Portions of the Pecos Wilderness:
Holy Ghost Trail 283 in its entirety to junction of Winsor Trail 254
Winsor Trail 254 to junction of Skyline Trail 251 (T 18N, R 11E, sec 1)
Skyline Trail 251 north to Stewart Lake
Skyline Trail 251 north to junction of Cave Creek Trail 288
Cave Creek Trail 288 to Panchuela Trailhead (T 19N, R 12E, sec 18)
Winsor Ridge Trail 271 in its entirety to Winsor Trailhead