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La Cueva, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico
Elevation 7890 ft
Winter Snow, Summer Perfect
Rain Yesterday… 0
Year To Date… 20.79
Snow Yesterday… 0
Season To Date… 11″
Snow Total 2014/15…85″
Snow Total 2013/14…26″
Snow Total 2012/13…76″
Snow Total 2011/12…96″
Snow Total 2010/11…98″
Yesterday’s High…. 52
This Morning’s Low…. 24
November 22, 2015… Christmas tree permits for the Santa Fe National Forest, Jemez Ranger District go on sale Monday, November 23rd. Permits may be purchased at the Jemez Ranger District office located on Hwy 4 just north of the Jemez Springs Village. Office hours are M-F, 8am till 5pm. Permits are also available throughout the week and on the weekends at the Walatowa Visitor’s Center located just north of the gas station at the Red Rocks on Hwy 4. The cost of a permit is $10 and you may purchase up to three permits for personal use. You will need at least two permits for trees taller than ten feet. If you wish, you may dig up a live tree using your purchased permit. Permits will be available through December 24, 2015.
The permits are valid on public land within the Santa Fe National Forest boundaries. Tree cutting is prohibited within 300 feet of streams, rivers or paved roads and in all forest service campgrounds or designated wilderness areas.
Be aware that the Jemez Mountains have had over a foot of snow in many places recently. Many forest roads used to access Christmas trees will be snow packed and icy. Be prepared. Four wheel drive is strongly recommended and chains are not out of the question. Cell phone service is limited or non-existent in most of the Jemez. Purchase extra emergency food from Amanda’s before heading out and be sure that you have warm clothes, blankets, fire starter, a shovel and other emergency gear in case you get stranded. Seven day weather forecasts for the Jemez are available on this website.
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 6:30 pm every day(winter hours). Hot, hot, hot. Amanda’s has hot coffee, hot chocolate, hot tea, hot soup and other hot treats to warm you up. Also a hot wood stove is available to thaw your bones. Come on in and say hi. We’d love to see you.
———————————- CURRENT FIRE DANGER…LOW——————————— As of Friday, October 30, 2015 8:00 am the fire danger within the Santa fe National Forest, Jemez Ranger District, has been rated as LOW There are currently no fire restrictions.
****CAMPGROUND ALERT**** Paliza, San Antonio and Redondo campgrounds are now closed for the winter season. Jemez Falls (one loop only) and Vista Linda remain open. Fenton Lake State Park remains open for camping (upper loop only- five sites with electric) and other recreational activities. All forest roads are open for dispersed camping but are snow packed and icy in many spots. Be aware that some areas are restricted. Consult the Forest Service Travel Management Map for specific details. This map is available at the Forest Service office.
*****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, 2015. 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 or you can purchase your license online at the NMDGF website. Amanda’s also stocks a full line of bait and tackle.
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