AFR and Open Space close areas in the East Mountains

As the threat of wildfires in our surrounding forest areas continue to grow, AFR in coordination with Albuquerque Open Space has made the decision to close the East Mountain open space areas.


This event has already happened.
May 25, 2022
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Open Space Division
P.O. Box 1293
Albuquerque, NM 87103


The heavy fuel loads, extraordinary drought conditions and remote locations are among the deciding factors in closing these open spaces. In addition, these spaces are farther away than other Open Space properties,  which can increase the amount of time it can take to respond to an emergency.

The list of East Mtn. Open Spaces that will be closed include:

  • Carolina Canyon
  • Gutierrez-Milne
  • San Antonito
  • Juan Tomas
  • Loma Ponderosa
  • Golden
  • Placitas

Open Space volunteers will be helping the City to patrol the East Mtn. Open Spaces during these closures. Trail Watch Volunteers have been trained to identify signs of suspicious activity, improper use, and other warning signs of immediate danger. AFR continues to keep the Bosque, Foothill Open Spaces, and Petroglyph areas open and encourages to invite the public to recreate in those areas.

“Keeping the members of our community in those open spaces have proven to help with our response times and reporting suspicious behavior,” said AFR Fire Chief Gene Gallegos. “This continues to be a One Albuquerque effort and we ask everyone, if you see something, say something.”


Lieutenant Tom Ruiz
Dial 311 (505-768-2000)