Saturday, July 30, 2011

Notice to All Hikers - BLM Lands Open Again!

July was a disappointing month for hikers staying at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn, as the Bureau of Land Management had closed off all the national forests and parks due to severe fires throughout the state.  Yesterday these bans were lifted, as we have been blessed once again with our regular monsoon rains.  The term 'monsoon' is a relative term here in the high  mountain desert, not to be confused with the monsoons of India!

Guests can once again visit such treasures at Bandelier National Monument, Puye Cliffs and hike in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.  The only area still closed off is the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.  This land has been the staging area for fighting the nearby Las Conchas fire, and there are flooding concerns in the area as well.

So pack your hiking boots and mountain bikes - we have 13 million acres of public land in the New Mexico open for your outdoor fun.

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