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La Cueva, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico

Elevation 7890 ft

Winter Snow, Summer Perfect




Beautiful Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout caught and released from the upper Rio Cebolla above McKinney Pond. Photo courtesy of John Sandlin. Thanks John for taking the time.





***Wood permits are now available. Because the forest service office remains closed, permits will be issued through the mail or on weekends at the Walatowa Visitor Center. (Red Rocks)


 ***Important Forest Road Update*** 

 The following  forest roads within the Santa Fe National Forest, Jemez Ranger District, will remain open  for camping and other recreational use through the end of the year(weather permitting)…FR10, 144, FR376 (north and south of Hwy 126), 378 (Barley Canyon) and FR 289 (Dome Road). 


 For up to date fire information … 


Rain Yesterday… 0

Year To Date… 10.45


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… 0


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… 65

This Morning’s Low…26

Today… Mostly Sunshine


*****Fall Camping Opportunities*****  Forest Service roads (10, 144, 376, 378 and 289) will remain open for dispersed camping through the end of the year. All Forest Service campgrounds within the SFNF-Jemez Ranger District will remain open (fully or partially) for public use through the end of the season. Those normally requiring reservations will be ‘first come , first served’ through the remainder of the season. Fenton Lake State Park has closed all of their camping loops effective September 16th except the five electrical sites that are open by reservation only year around.  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*****HIGH——————————– As of Thursday, August 19th, the fire danger within the Santa Fe National Forest, Jemez Ranger District, has been elevated to HIGH.   There are currently 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, 2021. 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 have been increased by $5 as the habitat stamp has increased to $10… $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 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… OPEN (first come, first served)

Jemez Falls Campground… OPEN (first come, first served}

San Antonio Campground… OPEN (first come, first served)

Paliza Campground.…OPEN (both first come, first served)

Fenton Lake State ParkCLOSED for overnight camping except five electrical sites by reservation only effective September 16th.


Spanish Queen Picnic Area….Open Battleship Rock Picnic Area…Open La Cueva Picnic Area….Open  Jemez Falls Picnic Area….Open 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 spring and early summer 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….Open. 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 HIGH.

  *****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)