Rio San Antonio Spring Runoff

Here is some important information if you are planning to spend some time in the beautiful Jemez Mountains during your spring break vacation. While things can be very ‘spring-like’ in the city it is still kind of ‘winter-like’ here in the Jemez Mountains at higher elevations. Much of the Jemez is still covered in snow, forest roads are closed, as are most campgrounds. Fenton Lake is still (as of today) completely covered in ice. Fenton Lake State Park is open for camping with limited space…six spots. Additionally, Vista Linda Campground at mile marker 13.2 on Hwy 4  is completely open with 13 units. There is a $10 per night charge at both Fenton Lake and Vista Linda.

Even though most forest roads are currently closed, there are still opportunities for free dispersed camping. Stop in to Amanda’s and we will point you in the right direction. Water quality on most streams in the Jemez is not good with runoff making all but the Rio Cebolla unfishable. The Jemez River and Rio Cebolla were both stocked on March 7th with 1400 and 500 Rainbow Trout respectively. The Kid’s Pond at the hatchery is free of ice and has been providing good fishing for those eleven years old and younger. Fenton Lake was stocked on March 16th with 2124 Rainbows.   Amanda’s carries a good selection of bait and tackle.
Hiking to McCauley Warm Spring, Spence Hot Spring and San Antonio Hot Spring is a nice option at this time of year. Nights at elevation can be very cold right now, so come prepared.
There are no fire restrictions within the Santa Fe National Forest, Jemez Ranger district, but the fire danger is currently listed as “high”. Please be careful.