Campfire BAN- New Mexico National Forests
We spent a week camped out in the Gila/Apache National Forests of central New Mexico. Mornings started at 19 degrees and when we left 39 degrees. Days were clear, partly cloudy and mid 60's and beautiful. Dry humidity in the 3%-5% in the trailer and the first day Frost on the front of our Airstream.
Daytime short pants and tee shirts. Light shirt in later afternoons at 7,500 feet elevation.
Arizona was WET at elevation south of Williams, so decided not to dry camp... as the snow must have melted the previous week and standing water was everywhere and the Forests were DENSE and DARK.
This was an area used in several New Mexico Adventures. A Forest Service Fire Crew stopped and handed us a flyer about a Campfire Ban on All New Mexico Forests.
The Campfire Ban did not affect us as we do not, although many hunter's camps have fire rings and firewood laying about.
Another Forest Service employee was gauging grass quality. We encountered numerous (35-40) cow Elk, four Turkey... and three Forest Service Employees.... in a week.
The ONLY mention of COVID-19 was to protect employees from campers. When they approached, both pulled their masks over their nose and mouth when handing me a flyer.
There was NO BAN of campers. Traffic in the Reserve/Quemado, New Mexico area on Forest Service Roads were primarily locals taking back roads as short cuts to other small towns.
Some pickups towing ATV's for the day. Some trailers parked into campsites, a Tent camper and what we would consider normal number of activity.
Local Service Stations were operating. We had no issue getting Diesel fuel. All Interstate truck stops were open and employees with clear plastic protection hanging at the register, drinks were ordered by customer and employee would use a fresh cup and fill... all charged as REFILLS. Many are 24 hour credit card pumps.
Fast Food was ordered and picked up at the window, I parked in a RV parking spot. We stopped at a Burger King at Holbrook, Arizona. Since trailers did not fit, Nancy stood there to order but no response. She had a vehicle pull forward, and engaged the order clerk and was Vehicle #9...
Not one inconvenience. Tourist activities were all closed. Some remote RV Parks had many trailers and RV's.
Arizona Interstate 40 was uneventful for fuel and truck stops. Traffic of Five to Eight 18 wheelers to other traffic ratio. Highway patrol were sitting and watching traffic as usual.
We enjoyed our trip. Noticed NO difference in any restrictions for Off the Grid Campsites. No body on our entire trip acted as if nothing was at risk. Employees were masked to not masked. Employees were wiping down every possible surface, even the fuel pump handles and entire pump.
Traffic off the Interstates... VERY LIGHT.