Sandia, Mountainair districts to close Monday

Albuquerque, NM

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – More closures are going into effect soon due to high fire danger in Albuquerque.

According to a news release sent Wednesday, the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands’ Sandia and Mountainair Ranger Districts will close at 8 a.m. Monday, June 30.

Forest supervisors say the closures are due to ongoing severe drought and will hopefully prevent human-caused wildfires.

The entire Mountainair Ranger District will be closed.

As for the Sandia Ranger District, all areas will be closed with the exception of the Sandia Peak Tram, Forest Trail 365 and the Tijeras Pueblo interception trail at the Sandia Ranger Station.

Those who use the tram, however, will not be allowed to access the National Forest lands at the top of the mountain. Guests will be limited to the tram, the High Finance restaurant and the observation deck.

Forest Roads 242, 413 and 333 will remain open only for residential and through traffic. Drivers may not park cars on these roads.

Highway 536 (Crest Highway), Highway 165 (Las Huertas Canyon) and Forest Road 445 (Bernalillo Watershed area) are all closed.

For more information, visit the USDA website. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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