Sacramento Ranger District – Spring update on recreation site availability

Alamogordo and Cloudcroft, NM – April 12, 2017 – The Sacramento Ranger District has opened most recreation sites for the 2017 season. All day-use sites are now open, including the following Forest Service-operated camping areas:  Upper Karr Campground, Lower Karr, Bluff Springs, and James Canyon campgrounds. Please be advised that there are no trash pickup services at our Forest Service maintained campgrounds, and a limited number of trash cans are available at Lower Karr/James Canyon. Visitors are encouraged to be good forest stewards. Please remove trash from campsites and ensure that campfires are never left unattended and completely extinguished before leaving the area.

The following concessionaire/fee campgrounds will be open on April 14th:  Silver Overflow, Silver, and Deerhead. Please view the U.S. Forest Service Interactive Map for locations/driving directions at: Visitors can occupy sites on a first-come, first-served basis. Campfires will be permitted within the existing fire rings.

The Trestle Recreation Area will also be open this weekend between the hours of 10am and 6pm. Restrooms, water, and picnic sites will be available beginning April 13th. No fee is required and campfires will be permitted in pre-existing metal fire rings.

The Sacramento District trails crew will soon begin routine trail clearing for the 2017 season. Many of the trails have not yet been scouted and may contain downed trees that are blocking portions of the trails. If visitors encounter these situations and choose to proceed, please do so with caution.

For more information about recreation opportunities on the Sacramento Ranger District, please call Max Zarnegar, Recreation Technician, at (575) 682-2551 or email