|60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Albuquerque (2nd edition)
43. Stable Mesa
Stable Mesa is difficult to access when the Gilman Tunnels are closed, which happens often.
SFNF Issues Closure Order for Gilman Tunnels
Release Date: May 15, 2017
Contact(s): Julie Anne Overton
SANTA FE, NM – May 15, 2017 – For Immediate Release. The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) today
issued a closure order for a segment of Forest Road (FR) 376 to accommodate the previously announced
work on the Gilman Tunnels. Motorized and foot traffic are prohibited to ensure public health and safety
and protect natural resources and infrastructure while the work is underway.
The restricted area includes FR 376 and adjacent land from mile marker 0.1 at Gilman Loop just north of the
community of Gilman to mile marker 5 .5 just north of the tunnels. This closure order is in effect from
May 15, 2017, to August 15, 2017, unless it is rescinded earlier. Recreation sites and grazing
allotments on FR 376 will remain accessible from NM Highway 126.
The Forest Service has contracted with GeoStabilization International (GSI), a geohazard mitigation firm that
specializes in rockfall mitigation and emergency landslide repair, to remove loose rock and stabilize the rock
cliffs around the tunnels.
Federal, state and local officers, members of an organized rescue team or firefighting force, and any others
authorized by permit are exempt from the closure order. In the event of an emergency, the route could be
opened, depending on the type of emergency, relative risk to the health and safety of the public, and the
crew’s ability to clear the roadway in a timely way.
Signs will be posted in multiple locations to notify the public that this segment of FR 376 is closed to public
entry. Violation of the closure order is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000
for individuals and $10,000 for organizations, imprisonment of not more than six months, or both.