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La Cueva, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico - Elevation 7890 ft
“Winter Snow….Summer Perfect”
Rain Yesterday…. 0
Year To Date…. 18.19
Snow Yesterday…. 3″
Snow Season To Date….10″
This Morning’s Low….17
Today…. Breezy, Cold
As we approach the winter season, here is a recap of current conditions and recreational opportunities in the Jemez Mountains. Vista Linda Campground, along the Jemez River and below the village of Jemez Springs is open and will remain open throughout the winter. The Jemez River is flowing very clear now and has good volume. It will provide for an excellent winter fishery as the NMDGF stocks the lower Jemez River throughout the winter months. Fenton Lake State Park is currently open for all recreational use including camping and fishing. The water quality in the lake is very good right now and will provide excellent fishing until ice covers the open water, probably the first part of December. Unfortunately Fenton is not open to ice fishing, however the state park will remain open for camping (limited spaces) throughout the winter months. One loop of Jemez Falls Campground remains open, but will close soon after Thanksgiving.
All rivers remain free of ice (as of Nov 13th) and will provide good fishing through the end of the month. All Forest Roads are in good shape and will remain open through the end of December in order to provide access to wood, Christmas trees, camping and hunting. All trails, including access to the various hot springs are open and will remain open throughout the winter.
Amanda’s Jemez Mountain Country Store is open 364 1/2 days a year….closing on Christmas Day and a half day on Thanksgiving. Our winter hours are 8:30 am to 6:30pm every day. Come on up and say hi. We’d love to see you.
Hunting season is in full swing in the Jemez Mountains. Both small game and big game seasons will continue through November. Archery season finished up recently, muzzleloader season is upon us with rifle to begin late October. The Valles Caldera (unit 6B) and units 6A and 6C comprise the Jemez Mountain hunting units.
As of Monday, August 5, 2013 8:00 am the fire danger within the Santa fe National Forest, Jemez Ranger District, has been changed to MODERATE. There are no fire restrictions as of Friday July 19, 2013. Please be careful with your campfires.
****CAMPGROUND ALERT**** Effective Friday, October 18, 2013 Santa Fe National Forest has reopened many of its campgrounds and recreation area parking areas. See below for specifics.
*****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 no options to do so once you arrive.
The new license year began on April 1, 2013. A new fishing license is required to fish in the State of New mexico. License fees remain the same. $35 for an adult resident and $11 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 $18. All fees above include the required habitat stamps. Licenses are available at Amanda’s Jemez Mountain Country Store. Amanda’s also stocks a full line of bait and tackle.