La Cueva, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico

Elevation 7890 ft

Winter Snow, Summer Perfect



***STATE OF THE FOREST…August 17, 2023***


EFFECTIVE August 17, 2023, SFNF-Jemez Ranger District have lifted all fire restrictions.

The monsoon has been non-existent this summer and the showers have been spotty at best. In spite of the lack of rain, things are wet enough to lift the restrictions. Please be aware that the forest is quite dry, so please be careful with your campfires.



Come on up and roast a marshmallow. Or three.

Come on up and roast a marshmallow. Or three.





***Wood permits are now available.


 ***Important Forest Road Update*** 

 Most forest roads within the SFNF-Jemez Ranger District have been opened for the season. Hwy 126 between La Cueva and Cuba is passable but caution is advised.

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


Rain Yesterday… 0

Year To Date… 7.97


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… 0


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… 78

This Morning’s Low… 29

Today… Mostly Sunshine







*****Spring Camping Opportunities*****Most Forest Service roads are now open for all recreational use and dispersed camping. Forest service campgrounds will remain closed until May 15, the only exception being Vista Linda Campground south of the Village of Jemez Springs which 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**** High——————————-  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 closed and dangerous due to an abundance of snow and mud. 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 (reservation only)

San Antonio Campground…OPEN (reservation only)

Paliza Campground.…OPEN (some reservation required)

Fenton Lake State Park…OPEN (reservation only)


Spanish Queen Picnic Area….Temporarily 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 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 every day. (summer hours)