What you need to know about the 2014 Burning of Zozobra

Updated: 08/29/2014 8:39 AM | Created: 08/28/2014 12:43 PM
By: Web Staff

The City of Santa Fe, Santa Fe Police Department and Santa Fe Fire Department would like the public to be aware of the following road closures, detours and public safety information due to the burning of Will Shuster's Zozobra, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe, Friday, August 29, 2014 at Fort Marcy Park.

New This Year

The area of the Cross of the Martyrs will be CLOSED to the public and strictly patrolled by police personnel. Grant Street will also be closed at Paseo de Peralta (Traffic from the Santa Fe Community Convention Center parking garage will be allowed to travel westbound approximately 30 minutes after the burning). 

Anyone who lives in the areas of the Zozobra road closures must have a pass to enter those neighborhoods after 5 p.m. passes can be obtained through or by calling (505)-428-9013. Passes will also have maps attached outlining detour routes.

Also New This Year

Following the burning traffic traveling south on Bishops Lodge/Washington will turn left on Paseo de Peralta and allowed to travel eastbound only. Traffic traveling south on Old Taos Highway will turn right on Paseo de Peralta and travel westbound only.

Just like last year - Pedestrian/Vehicle traffic IS NOT allowed on Artist Road starting at 5 p.m. from Fort Marcy Park east to Avenida Primera South. Pedestrians are also prohibited from camping out along the road to view the show.

Also Old Taos Highway will be CLOSED starting at 5 p.m. from Rosario Boulevard north to Loma Entrada. Detours will be set up along Paseo Corto and Paseo De La Cuma. Pedestrians are prohibited from camping out in this area as well.

NO motor vehicles will be allowed north of Paseo de Peralta or south of Murales Road on either Old Taos Highway or Bishops Lodge Road. Rosario Street between Griffin and Old Taos Highway will also be closed to motor vehicles.


Motorists driving south on Bishops Lodge Road from the Encantado area will be detoured at Valley Drive to Vallecita Drive to Gonzales Road to Hyde Park Road.

Motorists driving south on Old Taos Highway from the Encantado area will be detoured at Rendon Road to Paseo de la Cuma to Old Taos Highway to Paseo de Peralta.

For a map of all closures, please visit the Zozobra website at

If residents need medical attention: The Santa Fe Fire Department will have medic stations located behind first base from 8 a.m. – the conclusion; a medic station at fire station 1; and four roaming medic teams on the field during the event.

Remember: Santa Fe Trails buses are FREE the night of Zozobra. Parking is also available at all municipal parking facilities for $5. If you are planning to park at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center underground parking garage, located at 119 S Federal Pl., please expect delays while exiting the parking garage as there is a large number of pedestrian and vehicular traffic in this area following the event. In the interest of public safety, Parking Division personnel will be on duty directing traffic and quickly assist vehicles exiting the parking garage.

Prohibited Items from the event include: weapons of any kind including guns, knives or other weaponry. No marijuana, illegal narcotics, or banned/illegal synthetic substances. No alcoholic beverages or glass containers either open or unopened. No open containers of any kind. No tents, tables or metal framed large lawn chairs. No pets with exception of service aide animals. No laser lights allowed. No explosives, fireworks or hand held sparklers. No large umbrellas. No metal cutlery (plastic is ok). No unauthorized vendors with their own merchandise.

Santa Fe Police would also like to thank the New Mexico State Police who will be providing an eye in the sky through the services of their Air Patrol Team and staffing additional officers on the ground; the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office; Albuquerque Police Mounted Patrol; New Mexico Department of Corrections and Kiwanis Club.

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