La Cueva, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico

Elevation 7690 ft

Winter Snow, Summer Perfect



***Fenton Lake is now CLOSED for ice fishing effective Tuesday, February 27, 2024***


EFFECTIVE January 1, 2024, SFNF-Jemez Ranger District have transitioned to winter operations. Forest roads are now closed and gated effective January 1, 2024.

Amanda’s Jemez Mountain Country Store



All forest service campgrounds are now closed. Vista Linda Campground is open year-round (first come, first served).




***Wood permits will become available mid-April 2024.


 ***Important Forest Road Update*** 

 Most forest roads within the SFNF-Jemez Ranger District are now closed for the season

For up-to-date fire information …https://nmfireinfo.com/ 


Rain Yesterday… 0

Year To Date… .06


Rain Total 2023…9.42

Rain Total 2022…21.50

Rain Total 2021… 11.71

Rain Total 2020…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… 0

Season To Date… 69″


Snow Total 2022/23…120″

Snow Total 2021/22…67″

Snow Total 2020/21…80″

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… 53

This Morning’s Low… 24

Today… Sunshine









*****Winter Camping Opportunities*****Most Forest Service roads are now closed effective January 1, 2024, for all recreational use and dispersed camping. Forest service campgrounds are now closed for the winter season. Vista Linda Campground, south of the Village of Jemez Springs is open year around on a first come first served basis. Fenton Lake State Park has the five electrical sites open for camping through-out the winter season.  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 summer hours are 8:30 am to 8:00 pm every day. 


*****CURRENT FIRE DANGER**** Moderate——————————-  There are currently no fire restrictions.


*****CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS***** You may reserve campground space at both Jemez Falls and San Antonio Campgrounds at the following webpage:   https:/reserveamerica.gov  


*****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, 2023. Licenses will be available for purchase the last week of March 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 will remain the same as last year… $40 for an adult resident and $16 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 $23. 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 http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/. Amanda’s also stocks a full line of bait and tackle.  


*****ROAD CONDITIONS*****  State Hwy 126 remains open, but caution is advised. 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…All Camping Loops CLOSED. The five electrical sites are OPEN year-round by reservation only. Winter-time day use hours are 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM, everyday.


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. Trails….Forest Service Trailhead Parking areas Las Conchas and East Fork Trail 137….OPEN. 

  *****FIRE RESTRICTIONS***** There are currently no fire restrictions within  the Santa Fe National Forest, Jemez Ranger District. Fire danger is rated as MODERATE.

  *****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 6:30 pm every day. (winter hours)