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Desertdog1

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Due to drought conditions and numerous fires in the area the Lincoln National Forest in southern New Mexico will close down on May 12, 2011. Details are located HERE. Full details on fires currently burning in New Mexico are located here. http://nmfireinfo.wordpress.com/category/nm-fire-info/

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Posted: 05/10/11 08:48pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm glad they decided to just shut the whole thing down. Would have been chaos to close some parts and not others. The whole place is a tinder box.......

For that matter the whole dang state/region is.....whoosh! Hope all's well with the folks up in Mayhill.

Where you at in Alamogordo? Live here? We're at Boot Hill RV for now.

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We live just south of town on 3 acres. We really enjoy the National Forest campsites just outside Cloudcroft, especially when it gets hot down here. Served on jury duty with the lady that owns Rio Penasco RV park just south of Mayhill. Nice park, fire should already be east of there. We went to a retirement function last weekend in Carlsbad, saw 5 or 6 fires between Mayhill and Artesia. One on White Sands Missile Range in the Organ Mountains has been burning since April 21st.

How is Boot Hill? They've had lots of business since they opened, it'll be nice when they get some trees and stuff growing.

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Due to Close 12 May

When we first drove through Lincoln Nat'l Forest in 1971 from Alamo to Artesia, it was closed. I believe it was in late May or in June. We moved to Cruces in August...it was still dry then.

Organ Mountain Closures near Las Cruces, NM
Soledad Canyon Trail and Aguirre Spring Campground are CLOSED to the public due to the Abrams Fire. Dripping Springs Natural Area and Bar Canyon Trail (Soledad Canyon area) are now open. Fire in Organs

It will be a long hot summer if we don't get some rain. Wind has been blowing today and seems to be increasing tonight. Not good for fire conditions. It may blow in some cooler temps, hope that will help. Need rain.

There was a cougar in down town El Paso today....lack of water and food must have driven it down from the mountain.

Last July, while camping in Cloudcroft area, it was wet and chilly....hope it comes back soon.
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The owners at Boot Hill are trying real hard....have some 5'-6' trees planted at some sites....but it is the desert....hehehe.

We first came here 3 1/2 yrs. ago (shortly after first opening). Became good friends with the owners...have been back every winter. I help James out doing different 'projects'....gives me a chance to keep my 'handyman' skills intact.

Over the past we have built the planter out front (with the upside down cowboy), the concession stand, improvements to pavilion, railings around sites and this time we did some on site cabins.

They have music/bands once a month during spring/fall....come on out this Saturday night 7-9 pm for some blue grass....$10.

We like the area.....currently looking at some property for a 'winter' home site about 3 miles north west of Boot Hill....5 acres. Have an offer in....waiting to see what happens.

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Darn shame for camping, but makes complete sense given the situation. We're on our 4th week in New Mexico and it's been VERY dry. When we stayed in Gila Forest just ~a week ago there were 3 wildfires burning in the area. I was actually suprised that they were still allowing fires in the fire-pits there.


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Desertdog1 wrote:

We live just south of town on 3 acres. We really enjoy the National Forest campsites just outside Cloudcroft, especially when it gets hot down here. Served on jury duty with the lady that owns Rio Penasco RV park just south of Mayhill. Nice park, fire should already be east of there. We went to a retirement function last weekend in Carlsbad, saw 5 or 6 fires between Mayhill and Artesia. One on White Sands Missile Range in the Organ Mountains has been burning since April 21st.

How is Boot Hill? They've had lots of business since they opened, it'll be nice when they get some trees and stuff growing.


What a shame they have to close it. I grew up in Alamo and graduated from Alamo high in 66 (go Tigers). I wish we could send you some of our Ohio rain. We got another 5 inches last night. Leaving for Texas in a few hours after the wife gets off work.


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