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Forest Roads in Carson Open with Restrictions

Taos, NM (May 1, 2020) – A number of Forest Roads on the Carson National Forest, which close seasonally in accordance with our travel management policy, are once again open to the public. Each winter, the Forest closes and locks gates on these seasonal roads to provide important wintering habitat for wildlife, for resource protection and the safety of the public.

This is a unique year with extraordinary challenges and while we normally conduct maintenance on our roads prior to the start of the spring/summer season, we have not been able to get out to all the roads.

In addition, while gates may be open, keep in mind many roads may remain impassable due to persistent snow and/or muddy conditions.  If you run into these conditions, please do not attempt to continue along the road as this can lead to stranded motorists and damage to the natural resources.  Each Ranger District is different so it is important to “Know Before You Go” at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/carson/home/?cid=FSEPRD731301, use your Carson National Forest Motorized Vehicle Use Map and when in doubt contact the local Ranger District for specific road information. 

In addition to the campfire ban, the Forest Service has implemented closure orders in alignment with federal guidance and state public health orders to limit the spread of COVID-19. Although the Forest remains open to the public, social distancing and restrictions on group size still apply. As a reminder, at this time:

  • All developed campgrounds on the Carson National Forest are closed to overnight camping.
  • All toilet facilities on the Forest are locked.
  • Campfires, charcoal grills, and coal and wood burning stoves are prohibited.
  • Some picnic/day use sites are closed to the public.
  • Trash collection is suspended. Please take your garbage home.

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