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Old 06-15-2012, 05:17 PM   #1
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SFNF Going to Stage II

Get your rides in this weekend, Santa Fe National Forest is going to Stage II restrictions on Monday June 18th.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/santaf...TELPRDB5374495
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Old 06-15-2012, 07:28 PM   #2
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Wow, I was off by two days. I think we will get some good rains this year.

Don't ask me why, just one of those feelings. Should be a great late summer and fall.
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Old 06-15-2012, 07:55 PM   #3
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You riding tomorrow?

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Old 06-15-2012, 10:10 PM   #4
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Nope. I will be headed out of town with the family.
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Old 06-16-2012, 08:41 AM   #5
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Atomic, or anyone else, I've never been to a forest that had these fire restrictions at the time of my visit. How do they make notification or physically close the forest?...signs?...barricades?...black helicopters?
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Old 06-16-2012, 08:54 AM   #6
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For us Stage 2 means we can't ride the single track trails, but all of the marked roads are open. I have always taken this to mean that any road I can find on any map is fair game. This might not be true, but I have never been caught and if I were challenged might be able to make a reasonable case and get by with a warning.

There are also a lot of camping restrictions.

Except for a few general signs there is no other information on the ground, ie. nobody puts barricades in front of the trailheads.

When they go to Stage 3 or whatever it is that closes the forest completely, they put up barriers on all of the roads.

BTW FR 289 is open and a couple of us road it last Monday to view the devastation from the Conchas fire last year. It was amazing that the fire station on FR 268? survived the fire, but nearly all the houses didn't. The fairly new fancy cabin at the bottom of the hill was untouched.
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Old 06-16-2012, 09:03 AM   #7
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Thanks wb...I was always curious how they did that. Knowing the vast number of roads and access points, it seems an impossible task to actually close it or guarantee making everyone aware of it. I can see the camping being the biggest concern, of course.
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Several years ago we rode a lot of the trails in the Cloudcroft area under Stage 2 restrictions. The trails were "marked" and thus open even the Rim Trail. We even checked with the ranger in Cloudcroft before riding.
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Atomic, or anyone else, I've never been to a forest that had these fire restrictions at the time of my visit. How do they make notification or physically close the forest?...signs?...barricades?...black helicopters?
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For us Stage 2 means we can't ride the single track trails, but all of the marked roads are open. I have always taken this to mean that any road I can find on any map is fair game. This might not be true, but I have never been caught and if I were challenged might be able to make a reasonable case and get by with a warning.

There are also a lot of camping restrictions.

Except for a few general signs there is no other information on the ground, ie. nobody puts barricades in front of the trailheads.

When they go to Stage 3 or whatever it is that closes the forest completely, they put up barriers on all of the roads.

BTW FR 289 is open and a couple of us road it last Monday to view the devastation from the Conchas fire last year. It was amazing that the fire station on FR 268? survived the fire, but nearly all the houses didn't. The fairly new fancy cabin at the bottom of the hill was untouched.


wbbnm is correct. This coming Monday, only marked forest roads can be ridden. All the fun single track will be off limits.


Today Ditch and I took the opportunity to ride single track in North Jemez. Thanks Ditch for helping me pick up my bike on one hill of Teakettle trail that I could not do because of wet roots (yes, it sprinkled up there). We had fun...video too.

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This was the Wherethefugisthetrail ride. I couldn't believe how overgrown it was in places and how much we had to circle around looking for it. A great ride and definitly a place to return to. Hopefully some rains will come along and keep it open.




Geo didn't have all the fun. I KO'd a tree and took out my left front turnsignal. Think the bars are a bit tweaked, but no biggie there. I gassed at the wrong time on a slick little log.
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Stage II or III

Is SFNF at stage II or III?
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Old 07-04-2012, 03:01 PM   #12
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I'd heard they're shutting it down to all motorized travel beginning Friday. I tried calling the SF Forest Service office yesterday afternoon but no answer. I guess they left early to go drink some beer and shoot off fireworks. I'll try calling again tomorrow. If no answer I'll stop by there on way home. I'll post once I have an answer.

Have a good fourth and pray for rain!

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Old 07-04-2012, 04:02 PM   #13
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Their website still shows State II as of Monday. I rode through Jemez on Hwy. 4 today and all gates are still open including FR 280, 286 and 289 (Dome Rd.).
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Old 07-04-2012, 04:20 PM   #14
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Their website still shows State II as of Monday. I rode through Jemez on Hwy. 4 today and all gates are still open including FR 280, 286 and 289 (Dome Rd.).


Stop by next time...I live off of NM4.

Looks like stage II by what you said.
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Their website still shows State II as of Monday. I rode through Jemez on Hwy. 4 today and all gates are still open including FR 280, 286 and 289 (Dome Rd.).
pics or you never left the driveway..........
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