Santa Fe National Forest

A vast and diverse protected area in northern New Mexico, encompassing over 1.6 million acres of public lands. The forest includes several mountain ranges, such as the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Jemez Mountains, and parts of the San Pedro Parks Wilderness. Santa Fe National Forest offers a wide array of recreational opportunities, including hiking, camping, fishing, and wildlife observation. The forest is managed by the United States Forest Service, which is responsible for maintaining its ecological health, ensuring public safety, and implementing effective wildfire prevention strategies. The Calf Canyon/Hermit’s Peak Fire brought attention to the legal responsibilities and challenges faced by the Forest Service and other stakeholders in protecting and preserving the Santa Fe National Forest and its surrounding areas.