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La Cueva, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico

Elevation 7890 ft

Winter Snow, Summer Perfect




SPECIAL ALERT… Fenton Lake is now open for ice fishing effective Saturday, January 2, 2021 from 7:00 am till 4:00 pm everyday. New Mexico residents only, face masks and social distancing will be required. The lake has been stocked and fishing should be fabulous.




***Wood permits are no longer available until the spring…probably around the middle of April.


 ***Important Forest Road Update*** 

 The following  forest roads within the Santa Fe National Forest, Jemez Ranger District, are closed effective Monday, January 4, 2021 for the winter season…FR10, FR144, FR376, FR 378 (Barley Canyon), and FR 289 (Dome Road). Additionally, NM Hwy 126 will remain open open to through traffic all the way to Cuba but, use caution as this road is not maintained this time of year. These forest roads will remain closed until Mid April.


 For up to date fire information … 


Rain Yesterday… 0

Year To Date… 8.68


Rain Total 2019…14.70

Rain Total 2018…15.81

Rain Total 2017…11.73″

Rain Total 2016…12.05″

Rain Total 2015… 20.90″


Snow Yesterday…1″

Season To Date…50″


Snow Total 2019/20…66″

Snow Total 2018/19…110″

Snow Total 2017/18…35″

Snow Total 2016/17…96″  

Snow Total 2015/16…97″ 

 Snow Total 2014/15…85″

Snow Total 2013/14…26″


Snow Total 2011/12…96″

Snow Total 2010/11…98″

Rachel Larson Shows Off a New Sweatshirt From Amanda’s…New Designs and Colors In Stock Now

Yesterday’s High… 31

This Morning’s Low… -13

Today… Chilly Sunshine



*****Winter Camping Opportunities*****  Forest Service roads (10, 144, 376, 378 and 289) are closed for the winter season effective Monday, January 4, 2021. These roads will remain closed until mid-April. All Forest Service campgrounds within the SFNF-Jemez Ranger District are closed for the season. Vista Linda Campground being the only exception is open year round. Fenton Lake State Park is currently closed for overnight camping.  Amanda’s Jemez Mountain Country Store is open 363 1/2 days a year….closing on Christmas Day and a half day on Thanksgiving. Our winter hours are 8:30 am to 6:30 pm every day. Amanda’s Country Store is essential to our community and will remain open during the COVID-19 crisis.


*****CURRENT FIRE DANGER*****LOW——————————– As of Thursday, December 10, 2020 the fire danger within the Santa Fe National Forest, Jemez Ranger District, has been elevated to LOW.   Currently there are no fire restrictions.


*****CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS***** You may reserve campground space (when required) at both Jemez Falls and San Antonio Campgrounds at the following webpage:   https:/  


*****WATER ALERT*****  If you are planning to camp the Jemez any time of the year, please fill up your water tanks in your campers and RVs prior to coming to the Jemez. There are limited opportunities here in the Jemez.


*****THE NEW LICENSE YEAR*****   began on April 1, 2020. Licenses are now available for purchase from Amanda’s, all license vendors or on-line. A new fishing license is required to fish in the State of New Mexico. License fees remain the same… $35 for an adult resident and $11 for a junior (age 12-17)  resident. Kids (11 and under) fish free as do adults over the age of 70. There is a senior license for those age 65-69 for $18. All fees listed above include the required habitat stamps. NMDGF is now offering discounted licenses for New Mexico resident veterans and active duty military. Licenses are available at Amanda’s Jemez Mountain Country Store or you can purchase your license online at Amanda’s also stocks a full line of bait and tackle.  


*****ROAD CONDITIONS*****  State Hwy 126 remains open. There is eight miles of unpaved highway in the middle of 40 mile journey to Cuba to the west that can be difficult when wet or snow packed. Use caution. 


*****CAMPGROUNDS***** Campgrounds are open as follows.

Vista Linda Campground…OPEN (first come, first served)

Redondo Campground… CLOSED

Jemez Falls Campground… CLOSED

San Antonio Campground… CLOSED

Paliza Campground.…CLOSED

Fenton Lake State Park…is now open for day use from 7am-4pm everyday. No overnight camping for now through at least January 29th.


Spanish Queen Picnic Area….Open Battleship Rock Picnic Area…Closed La Cueva Picnic Area….Closed Jemez Falls Picnic Area….Closed Spence Hot Spring Access and Parking Area….Open  Dark Canyon Fishing Access….Open, Rincon Fishing Access….Open, River’s Bend Fishing Access…Open, Las Casitas Fishing Access…Open, The Bluffs Fishing Access…Open, San Diego Fishing Access…Open, La Junta Fishing Access…Open. Fishing on the lower Jemez is a great wintertime fishing opportunity and can be accessed many places other than the Forest Service parking areas. Trails….Forest Service Trailhead Parking areas Las Conchas and East Fork Trail 137….Portions Closed. Trails are open for public use, including trails to Jemez Falls, McCauley Warm Spring, Spence Hot Spring and San Antonio Hot Spring.

  *****FIRE RESTRICTIONS*****  Santa Fe National Forest, Jemez Ranger District currently has no fire restrictions.. Fire danger is rated as LOW.

  *****AMANDA’S***** Amanda’s Jemez Mountain Country Store, located at the junction of Hwy 4 and 126 (the turnoff to Fenton Lake), is open from 8:30am till 8:00 pm everyday. (summer hours)