Carson Re-Opens Part of Forest

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Carson Re-Opens Part of Forest,

Stage 3 Restrictions Still in Place at Sipapu

VADITO, NM - Carson National Forest officials lifted Stage 3 Fire Restrictions in much of the forest today, although the Camino Real District, which is where Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort is located, remains closed due to the dry conditions throughout the state. Officials will consider opening the area beginning Monday.

Carson National Forest officials distributed the following release on July 22:

The Carson National Forest will reduce fire restrictions to Stage 2 effective at noon., Friday, July 22, 2011 on the El Rito, Canjilon, Tres Piedras and Questa ranger districts. The Camino Real District will remain in Stage 3, in coordination with its neighboring Santa Fe National Forest districts, the Pecos/Las Vegas and the Española ranger districts. The Camino Real District runs from roughly the Taos-Angel Fire corridor south to near Truchas and Holman. The Jicarilla District near Farmington will remain at Stage 1.

Stage 2 fire restrictions include the following:

No building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire or wood or charcoal burning stove or grill.

Smoking is allowed only in vehicles or inside buildings.

No use of any explosives.

No chainsaw use or other internal/external combustion engine use between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6 p.m.

All internal or external combustion engines must have a spark-arresting device properly installed, maintained, and in effective working order.

No welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.

Camp stoves are only allowed in developed campgrounds.

No motor vehicle use off-road on federal lands, except when parking in an area clear of vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway. This includes ATVs, UTVs and motorcycles.

Violating any state law, that specifically concerns burning, fires, or that which is for the purpose of preventing or restricting the spread of fire.

Fireworks are always banned on National Forest lands.

Violations of these regulations is punishable as a Class B misdemeanor, by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six (6) months or both.

Stage 3 restrictions for the Camino Real District prohibit all activities including hiking, biking, and horsebackriding except for visitors to the Tres Ritos and La Junta summer homes, the Tres Ritos Boy Scout Camp and the Sipapu Ski Area Lodge.

Stage 1 restrictions for the Jicarilla do not allow campfires or charcoal stoves except in developed campsites where grills and fire rings are provided. Smoking is only allowed in vehicles and buildings or areas clear of vegetation.

For more information call 1-877-864-6985 or visit or for all State and Federal recreation sites in New Mexico .


On June 30, 2011, Carson National Forest entered into Stage 3 Fire Restrictions, which closed the Carson National Forest and prohibited 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 continue.

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 the district, 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.


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 or Carson National Forest areas that are now open
  • 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 Camino Real District 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 that is within the Camino Real District
  • Playing disc golf on most of the holes at Sipapu’s world-class course
  • Picnicking on Camino Real district 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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