Lincoln National Forest Honors U.S. Armed Forces and Veterans

Alamogordo, NM (November 8, 2010) –  In celebration of Veteran’s Day and to encourage a shared sense of land stewardship, the Lincoln National Forest will waive fees on Friday, November 11, 2011.  “The Forest Service waives fees every year to encourage more Americans to get outdoors and experience the wide array of recreation opportunities provided on our forests and grasslands,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell.  “We hope that these experiences on our lands will foster a lifelong appreciation and stewardship of precious natural resources.”

The Lincoln welcomes all visitors and their families to enjoy their National Forest where they can enjoy the following sites at no charge on November 11th, 2011:

Fee-free sites on the Smokey Bear Ranger District include:  Cedar Creek Picnic/Pavilion and the Three Rivers Campground located on Highway 54 north of Tularosa.

Fee-free sites open on the Sacramento Ranger District include:  Pines Campground, Upper Karr Campground, Lower Karr Campground, Bluff Springs, and the Trestle Recreation Area.

The Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Site on the Guadalupe Ranger District would typically be fee-free on Veteran’s day.  However, due to fire rehab projects currently in progress, this site is currently closed.  All three Ranger Districts are open for dispersed camping.  Anyone wanting to camp, hike, sight-see, or just relax is welcome to enjoy the Lincoln National Forest.

For additional information on the Lincoln National Forest, please contact the Supervisor’s Office at (575) 434-7200; the Smokey Bear Ranger District at (575) 257-4095; the Sacramento Ranger District at (575) 682-2551, or the Guadalupe Ranger District at (575) 885-4181, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  You can also find us at and follow us on Twitter at