The Sacramento District Review – December 2013

In this Month’s Issue:
Winter Fun & Safety on the Lincoln
Christmas Tree Sales
Kids Corner

The Sacramento District Review is a monthly newsletter prepared by the Sacramento Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest.


Winter Fun & Safety on the Lincoln

-Jeremy Evans

A visitor enjoys snowmobiling on the Sacramento Ranger District.

A visitor enjoys snowmobiling on the Sacramento Ranger District.

It is winter time and that means cold, crisp weather and possibly snow! Spending time outdoors on the National Forest in winter can be a great time to make life long memories with family and friends. The Sacramento Ranger District has outstanding opportunities for winter activities where you can enjoy tubing, sledding, cross-country skiing, winter camping and snowshoeing. Winter activities can be enjoyed by people of all ages and experience levels. So bring some warm clothes, blankets, and hot chocolate and escape to the mountains this winter.

The Sacramento Ranger District has three groomed cross-country ski trails that start at the Silver, Saddle and Apache Campground. The easiest of the trails would be roads into the campgrounds. The Apache Loop is more difficult and is marked with blue diamonds (2.7 miles long). The most difficult is Fir Loop trail (1.9 miles long) and is marked with blue diamonds as well. The trails and runs can get icy or rocky and the winter recreationist takes responsibility for their own safety. Know your experience level and control your speed.

There are two additional snow play areas, Sleepygrass day use area (behind gate up the road) and Upper Karr. These areas are popular for sledding, snowshoeing, and possibly an occasional snowball fight. Parking at these areas is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please also take into consideration that these areas are unsupervised and cell coverage is limited, so participation is at your own risk.

The following safety tips are recommended while enjoying winter sports:

  • Check the local weather and road conditions before you leave home.
  • Select safe locations for snow play activities, such as areas that are well away from roads and highways and without nearby obstructions like rocks and trees.
  • Expect icy patches on the ground and wear sensible outdoor shoes.
  • Winter weather conditions in the mountains can be extreme and change without notice. Make sure you dress appropriately for the cold.
  • Be extremely careful when walking on ice covered or slippery surfaces like parking areas and trails and especially steep slopes. One slip could result in a serious injury.
  • Be cautious of hidden hazards that are snow covered and not visible.
  • Park your vehicle in a safe location and do not double or triple park (blocking in/out others).
  • Never park in front of closed gates as they may be needed for emergency access. You could be cited or have your vehicle towed.
  • Do not park in restricted or “No Parking” areas.
  • When installing tire chains, please park in a safe location as far off the roadway as possible.
  • If you are involved in a traffic accident, drive your vehicle to the roadside as soon as possible, but only if it is safe to do so.

Remember to Practice Good Stewardship of our Public Lands:

  • Don’t Litter. Take along a bag for collecting your trash so that you can deposit it in the proper trash receptacle.
  • Don’t recreate in areas that are unauthorized or on private property.
  • Don’t build campfires on paved areas.
  • Parking can be difficult at many snow play locations, so be sure to park well off the road (you must be outside the white line painted on the right side of the highway) and do not block other vehicles or snowplows.
  • Be courteous and remember that you are sharing public lands with other recreational users.

By taking a few precautions, you and your family can have a safe and fun-filled winter on the Lincoln!



We’re thinking of you this time of year,
Wishing you happiness, joy, and cheer.
May all your days be warm and bright,
And your nights enhanced by holiday light.

 Enjoy your delectable holiday foods,
As parties and gifts create holiday moods.
Favorite people play a meaningful part,
While treasured rituals warm your heart.

You are special to us in many ways,
So we wish you Happy Holidays!

 By Joanna Fuchs


Christmas Tree Sales 

Lincoln National Forest is selling Christmas Tree Permits for $5 each at District Office’s and at the Supervisor’s Office in Alamogordo. The permits are available for purchase ONLY at Forest Service offices or through a mail-in application which can be printed on-line at: or picked up at various retailers in NM and TX.

Mail-in applications must be received by Dec. 14th.

In addition to our regular hours, the Sacramento and Smokey Bear Ranger District Offices will be open on Saturdays 9:00am-2:00pm Nov. 16th thru Dec. 14th for Christmas tree permit sales.



Kids Corner

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