View original topic: Santa Fe winter camping?
ranchero Wed Jan 28, 2009 11:32 am

I'm headed to Santa Fe this weekend for a telemark clinic. Anyone know if camping is allowed in the ski area parking lot? Other recommendations?

For that matter, has anyone compiled a list of ski areas in that allow camping?

FNGRUVN Wed Jan 28, 2009 2:13 pm

I bet Jon_Slider could help you answer these questions. I think he calls Santa Fe home.

bunker108 Wed Jan 28, 2009 2:25 pm

I am not sure about camping in the parking lot, but there are a couple N.F. Campgrounds on the way up the mountain. They are right off the side of the raod...can't miss them.

tencentlife Wed Jan 28, 2009 5:04 pm

Ski Santa Fe has generally been pretty easy about parking lot camping so long as you're not in the way of snow removal operations. There is a lower lot, way at the bottom of the loop, where you would probably have the least trouble. Also, as bunker said, there are a couple stops on the ski area road that are Nat'l Forest picnic areas where camping shouldn't be a hassle. One is at Big Tesuque, so if you hitch up the last couple miles, then ski the Big T at the end of the day you can ski right back to your van! Be sure to check with the Patrol regarding closures of the Big T before you hinge your plans around that idea. Big T is out of bounds but the Patrol has say-so regarding entry.

The tele clinic, eh? Say hi to Tony from me!

ranchero Thu Jan 29, 2009 3:29 pm

Yeah I figured Jon Slider would chime in - he is conspicuous by his absence.
Thanks Bumper, fngruvn and tencent for your input. I was wondering how far those campgrounds were from the ski area. I've camped at one of those but I've never driven to the top - only been up to the top on Windsor trail by bike.

Tencent - sounds like you've done the tele festival before - I'll say hi to Tony for you.

tencentlife Thu Jan 29, 2009 6:57 pm

Well, they were just clinics back then. Tony is the best, you'll have a lot of fun. Tell him Chris who used to 'trol Santa Fe sez hi. He won't remember by just my name, but if he saw me he would.

Jon_slider Fri Jan 30, 2009 8:32 am

nice to see my name mentioned in good company, thanks

just got back to Santa Fe last night

will be happy to share ideas, you can call me, 505-690-5468

Yes you can camp at the ski area, I would use the lot near Windsor trail, there is a bathroom there, or if you want you can camp at my house and use the shower.

I think the idea of sleeping at Big Tesuque is great, but with the lack of snow currently, I dont recommend dropping Big T. I do it multiple times per day, but not with these snow conditions..

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