Unfortunately, as of January 8, 2007 it will be necessary to pass through a checkpoint for Los Alamos National Laboratory to get to this Ski Area. The NNSA (National Nuclear Security Agency) is claiming that they will only delay your vehicle for a few seconds while they look to see who is riding in your vehicle. But many people think that they will go back on their word, and start doing full searches. RVs and large trucks are already subject to searches. There is a bypass planned eventually, but this may still be several years in the future; as the Los Alamos County Government is trying to make the bypass funding dependant on approval of their other grandiose development plans.
It is still possible to avoid the checkpoints by taking the road past Bandelier National Monument; but this is a winding, slow road with few spots to pass slower vehicles. It is several miles further and 15 or 20 minutes longer to get to Parajito this way, from the Santa Fe area.
If you enjoy this ski area, write your senators and congressmen; and protest the blockade of this formerly public highway and major access route to this ski area and the Jemez Mountains.