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Sipapu Remains Open, Activities Continue

While Carson National Forest Closes

VADITO, NM - Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort, New Mexico’s year-round destination for family-friendly, family fun, remains open and some of the resort's most popular activities continue while National Forest officials close the surrounding Carson National Forest due to the dry conditions throughout the state.


Beginning 6 a.m. on June 30, 2011, Carson National Forest will enter into Stage 3 Fire Restrictions, which effectively closes the Carson National Forest and prohibits all activities, including hiking, biking, off-roading and horseback riding on Carson National Forest lands.


Located just 20 miles southeast of Taos, Sipapu is surrounded by Carson National Forest. However, in spite of the closure, many activities are still available to resort guests, said general manager John Paul Bradley.


“We at Sipapu are fortunate because there are still so many family-friendly activities to enjoy and places to explore at or near our resort,” said Bradley.


While Carson National Forest’s closure is in effect until further notice, Bradley added that he is optimistic it will not last long.


“In the past, the Forest Service typically lifts these types of bans once the area receives rain,” he said. “We are just now entering into our monsoon season, so remain hopeful that this closure will be a very temporary one.”


Known for its location in one of the finest trout fishing regions in the state, the Rio Pueblo (which flows through the heart of the resort), along with Sipapu’s stocked private pond, will continue to be available for fishing.


Likewise, while most of the resort’s world-class 20-hole disc golf course resides in Carson National Forest, several holes are on private property and may be used during the closure. In addition, guests can visit the nearby Two Gray Hares and Picuris Pueblo disc golf courses, located just minutes from Sipapu.


Guests can still access the trails and lush grounds on resort property. In addition, the Taos Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages over 650,000 acres throughout northern New Mexico; these areas continue to be open to the public. Fishing, off-roading, biking, hiking, rafting, camping and more are all available on the nearby BLM lands. Nearby State Parks continue to be open as well.


Although camping will be prohibited in Carson National Forest, Sipapu’s campground remains open; tent sites are just $9 per night, and RV sites start at $14. All of Sipapu’s slopeside lodging remains unaffected by the closure.


Sipapu’s newest outdoor patio restaurant, Paradise Riverside Bar and Grill, will continue to be open daily for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Happy hour is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., where all wells and drafts are just $3.


The upcoming Fourth of July events will continue as planned:


This Thursday evening, Paradise will continue the weekly Open Mic Nights, a forum for performing songwriters of all levels of ability. Performers will have 45 minutes each to make the Paradise stage their own.


This Saturday and Sunday, July 2-3, the resort will host the 37th annual arts and crafts fair. Featuring local and regional artists, the event is free to the public. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.


This Saturday evening, local artist and musician Chris Morel will perform at Paradise from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. A featured musician at the upcoming Music on the Rocks music festival (happening July 30), Morel will play his “flat top rockin’ country” –style music, which will include a variety of cover tunes that have made Taosenos – and every other audience – dance for years. Morel will perform a repeat performance at Paradise again on July 9.


All other resort events will continue as planned, although Thursday’s weekly random disc golf doubles will move to Two Gray Hares Disc Golf Course.


The below list outlines the activities that are allowed at Sipapu during fire restrictions, and which activities are prohibited:


Activities Allowed At or Near Sipapu

  • Camping at the Sipapu campground
  • Cooking with propane grills (or any other stove that uses a canister for fuel)
  • Hiking, biking, off-roading or accessing trails on nearby BLM lands
  • Strolling through the lush grounds and trails on Sipapu’s property
  • Fishing at Sipapu’s stocked pond and the Rio Pueblo
  • Practicing disc golf on the holes at the resort’s base area, or playing at Two Gray Hares and Picuris Pueblo disc golf courses, located just minutes from Sipapu
  • Enjoying the menu, full bar and atmosphere at Sipapu’s newest outdoor restaurant, Paradise
  • Smoking inside personal vehicles


Activities Not Allowed At or Near Sipapu

  • Camping on Forest Service land, trails or service roads
  • Any kind of wood-burning fires (such as campfires or charcoal grills or stoves)
  • Hiking, biking, off-roading or accessing any Forest Service land, trails or service roads
  • Fishing anywhere on Forest Service land
  • Playing disc golf on most of the holes at Sipapu’s world-class course
  • Picnicking on Forest Service land, trails or service roads
  • Smoking anywhere outside or inside Sipapu’s buildings or lodging units
  • Possessing or discharging any kind of fireworks or explosives


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About Sipapu

Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort is New Mexico’s fastest growing ski resort. Located just 20 miles southeast of Taos and two hours north of Albuquerque, Sipapu offers family-friendly, family fun to all levels of skiers and snowboarders. Family-owned and operated since 1952, Sipapu is home to New Mexico’s longest ski season and the best deals in the Rockies. The resort is surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Carson National Forest, and features over 40 trails, five lifts and two terrain parks. On-site amenities include slope-side lodging, a full-service ski shop, ski school and gourmet home cooking at the Riverside Café and Paradise Riverside Bar & Grill.


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