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In the north central part of the state, some 1,600,000 acres of forest and rangeland lie within Santa Fe National Forest. The southern Sangre de Cristo Range, with several 12,000- to 13,000-foot peaks, dominates the eastern half. Within the forest are Pecos Wilderness, the headwaters of the Pecos River and the Santa Fe Basin winter sports area. The 18-mile trip along SR 63 between Cowles and Pecos provides outstanding views of the forest's eastern section.
In the portion west of the Rio Grande are the Jémez Mountains, San Pedro Parks Wilderness, Chama River Canyon Wilderness and Dome Wilderness. Developed recreation sites and day-use picnic areas are near streams, trailheads and other scenic highlights. Recreational opportunities include hiking, fishing, horseback riding and such winter sports as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Fees are required for some developed areas.
For information and maps contact the Supervisor, Santa Fe National Forest, 11 Forest Ln., Santa Fe, NM 87508; phone (505) 438-5300 (Public Information Officer).
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