012Here’s what you need to know if you are planning a last of the season trip to the Jemez Mountains for some Labor Day Weekend recreation.

These are the facts with regard to the Pino Fire. This lightning caused fire started over two weeks ago and because of somewhat favorable conditions, the Forest Service decided to manage the fire as a controlled burn, rather than put it out. In fact, because of the moisture present they have been fighting to keep it burning. If you see any smoke at all…you will see signs that say “Managed Burn, Do Not Report”. The fire is a non factor with regard to recreation in the Jemez, in spite of what the miss-informed media might report.

Currently the fire danger within the Jemez Ranger District is rated as “LOW”. I have not seen that in over twenty years at this time of year. The forest is beautiful, lush and green. Wild flowers have gone wild and mushrooms are thick on the forest floor. There are no fire restrictions. Forest roads are dust free. Days will be sunny and warm with perfect, cool nights. The forecast is calling for sunny, dry weather throughout the long weekend.

Campgrounds at Fenton Lake State Park, San Antonio, Jemez Falls, and Vista Linda will fill up fast. There are many options for dispersed camping along the forest roads and that is the reason why we stay open  late on Friday and Saturday nights. Stop in to Amanda’s and we will help you find that perfect spot.. There is always a place to camp in the Jemez. If you are coming up in a camper or  RV please be sure to fill up with water before you come. There are no options for water here in the Jemez.

Although Fenton Lake is still not fishing very well right now, there are many good options that will provide for some tight lines. Refer to our stocking and fishing pages for the latest information.

We’d love to have you in the forest this weekend and in the store. We need and appreciate your business. However…in the event that you find yourself in Albuquerque for the weekend, I would encourage you to plan to support your hometown University of New Mexico Lobos as they open their football season against the UTEP Miners at University Stadium at 6:00 PM Saturday. GO LOBOS!