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La Cueva, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico

Elevation 7890 ft

Winter Snow, Summer Perfect




As we move into the winter months you can look for the following highlights with regard to Jemez Mountains recreation.

All forest service roads will remain open through the end of the year for ‘leaf looking’, wood gathering and all recreational use including dispersed camping. The cutting of Christmas trees is not too far off.

Jemez Falls Campground remains open for now and Vista Linda Campground is open year around, first come first served. All other forest service campgrounds are now closed for the season.

Fenton Lake State Park has closed all of their camping loops for the season. The five electrical sites are open year-around by reservation only. Day use is open year around.

Now is still a good time to visit the Jemez. Good weather, less people, less bugs and better fishing.


***Wood permits are now available.


 ***Important Forest Road Update*** 

 Most forest roads within the SFNF-Jemez Ranger District are now open to all public use. Hwy 126 between La Cueva and Cuba is open.

For up-to-date fire information … 


Rain Yesterday… .18

Year To Date… 21.35


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… 3″


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″

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Yesterday’s High… 45

This Morning’s Low… 30

Today… Mostly Cloudy







*****Winter Camping Opportunities*****Forest roads will remain open through the end of the calendar year for dispersed camping. Vista Linda Campground is open year around on a first come first served basis. 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 (when available) 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, 2022. 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

Redondo Campground… CLOSED

Jemez Falls Campground… OPEN 

San Antonio Campground… CLOSED

Paliza Campground.…CLOSED 

Fenton Lake State Park…Camping Loops CLOSED


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. 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 8:00 pm every day. (summer hours)