The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will waive fees at many recreation sites on National Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 26. National Public Lands Day traditionally celebrates volunteer work on public lands and the opportunity to connect to nature.
The Forest Service participates in fee-free days with other federal agencies to commemorate holidays and encourage Americans to visit their public lands. The final fee-free day for 2020 will be Nov. 11, Veterans Day.
Fees will be waived at Santa Fe National Forest sites that normally charge a day-use fee and campgrounds that are not on the www.recreation.gov reservation system. Since many recreation sites, including campgrounds, may be closing for the season, visitors to the Santa Fe National Forest are encouraged to contact the appropriate ranger district office to determine which sites are open and will waive fees. Campground and recreation site status is also posted on theSFNF website.
If you plan to visit the Santa Fe National Forest over the weekend, please recreate responsibly by following state public health orders and Leave No Trace principles. Avoid crowded areas and park only in designated areas. Do not impede emergency access by blocking roadways, fire lanes or driveways. Check the weather forecast and be prepared for seasonal fluctuations. Use good judgment and basic safety precautions when hiking, fishing or camping on the SFNF.
Although fire restrictions have been lifted on the SFNF, campfire safety and prevention is always a priority. Never leave a campfire unattended, and make sure it is out cold before leaving the area.
Stay up to date on the seasonal closures by checking the SFNF website and following the forest on Facebook and Twitter.