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Carson National Forest To Reopen This Friday

RED RIVER, NEW MEXICO – Carson National Forest administration has announced today, June 23, 2022 that the forest is re-opening for the public access  and local fire restrictions will be rescinded tomorrow, June 24, 2022 starting 8:00 am.

“We are very excited and pleased to receive the sufficient amount of rain in our area. – said Tracy Green, Secretary of the Red River Off-Road Coalition. “Even though the Stage 3 fire restrictions are lifted, it might take some time for the US Forest Service to remove the barricades and check the conditions of the trails. A popular Goose Lake trail will remain inaccessible due to the fallen trees on the trail at this time.”

Green said they ask residents and visitors alike not to remove the barricades themselves and wait for the US Forest Service officials to do so.

Additionally, Red River Fire Chief Deke Willis has signed an executive order to rescind all fire restrictions within the boundaries of the Town of Red River in response to declining fire danger and a shift to monsoon weather patterns. This order does not apply to the US Forest Service lands or unincorporated lands under the jurisdiction of Taos County such as the Upper Red River Valley.

Red River surrounded by Carson National Forest is popular summer destination for many folks from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado as well as many regions in New Mexico. Breathtaking scenery, cooler temperatures, and a plethora of outdoor activities for all ages, including thrilling off-roading, excellent trout fishing, hiking, horseback riding, attract many visitors to this region.

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Contact Information:

Max Khudiakov, Tourism & Economic Development Director

(575) 754-1708 - office

(575) 779-5715 – cell

mkhudiakov@redriver.org