Jicarilla Apache Nation

Jicarilla Game and Fish Department
P.O. Box 313, Dulce, New Mexico  87528
Phone: (505) 759-3255
Fax (505) 759-3457
Contact: Stuart M. Perea, Game and Fish Director

The Jicarilla Apache Nation is located in North Central New Mexico with its northern boundary adjacent to Southern Colorado. The Nation encompasses approximately 870,000 acres of land ranging in elevation from 6,000 to over 9,000 feet. The Nation’s geography is characterized by sandstone mesas with ponderosa pine forest in the upper elevations and the lower elevation valleys populated with sagebrush and pinyon/juniper trees. Deer and elk are abundant on Jicarilla lands and several lakes are stocked annually with trout.

Water resources on the Nation include seven lakes ranging from 30-440 surface acres, several small ponds, and 15 miles of the Navajo River. Non-tribal members and tribal members are permitted to fish on most of these waters with a valid Tribal fishing permit issued by the Jicarilla Game and Fish Department. All lakes are stocked with trout received from the Alchesay/Williams Creek National Fish Hatcheries located in Whiteriver, Arizona. Occasionally, the Jicarilla Game and Fish Department supplements these stockings with trout from private hatcheries. The Jicarilla lakes are very popular with non-tribal members; many travel from the Albuquerque, NM area for weekend outings providing the Nation with an important renewable source of economic revenue.

The Nation also manages two sensitive native species of fish, the Rio Grande cutthroat trout and roundtail chub. The Jicarilla Game and Fish Department partnered with the USFWS to create active management programs for both species of fish and are currently conducting investigations into the life history of roundtail chub in the San Juan River Basin. The Nation is a signatory to both Rio Grande cutthroat trout and roundtail chub conservation agreements.

The Jicarilla Nation envisions the SWTFC assisting us with the development of a potential fish rearing facility and in promoting and defending tribal fish issues across the region and nation. The Jicarilla Game and Fish Department also looks forward to utilizing the fish distribution capability of the Commission in the future.






Southwest Tribal Fisheries Commission    P.O. Box 190  Mescalero, New Mexico  88340  •  (575) 464-8768