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389 mi 626 km of trail 17 Rides

Easy Trails 15 Trails Intermediate Trails 69 Trails Hard Trails 29 Trails

The Carson National Forest is one of five National Forests in New Mexico. The National Forests are America's Great outdoors, here to serve the American people at work and play!

Some of the finest mountain scenery in the Southwest is found in the 1.5 million acres covered by the Carson National Forest. Elevations rise from 6,000 feet to 13,161 feet at Wheeler Peak, the highest in New Mexico. Our objective is to maintain that natural beauty.

The Carson National Forest offers unlimited recreational opportunities in any season. The magnificent mountain scenery and cool summer temperatures lure vacationers to enjoy the peace and quiet, for fishing, hunting, camping, and hiking. Winter activities include skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.

Some recreation areas have undergone new and exciting renovations to make the National Forest lands accessible to all. Plans are being implemented to make additional recreation areas accessible.

Camping & Lodging

There are many established campgrounds available; with drinking water, toilets and without drinking water.

For those who want to get away, the Carson provides opportunities for back-country car and backpack camping. With few exceptions, visitors can roam the woods at will, wrapped in a cloak of peace and quiet. For more information, ask for a camping guide to the Carson.

Other Activities

Some of the finest alpine downhill skiing in the US is found at Taos Ski Valley, Red River and Sipapu Ski Areas. All are located within the forest. In addition, Angel Fire, Rio Costilla Ski Areas and Enchanted Forest-Cross Country Ski Area are located on nearby private lands.

Rides in Carson National Forest - 17

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Favorite Fall on the South Boundary Trail
Difficult

South Boundary Trail #164 - IMBA EPIC

21.4 mi 34.4 km • Point to Point • 1,608 ft Ascent 490.05 m Ascent

(78) Angel Fire, NM
Favorite Lost Lake
Difficult

East Fork to Lost Lake

13.9 mi 22.3 km • Loop • 2,327 ft Ascent 709.21 m Ascent

(26) Taos Sk…, NM
Favorite Fall on the South Boundary Trail
Difficult

South Boundary BigRide Course - 2016

38.3 mi 61.7 km • Point to Point • 3,892 ft Ascent 1186.14 m Ascent

(3) Angel Fire, NM
Favorite Hittin' booters and poppin' wheelies coming down the SBT outside of Angel Fire, NM!
Intermediate

SBT: Heaven on Earth

12.4 mi 20.0 km • Out and Back • 1,575 ft Ascent 479.98 m Ascent

(16) Taos, NM
Favorite Fall on the South Boundary Trail
Intermediate/Difficult

South Boundary BigRide Course - 2017

41.0 mi 66.0 km • Point to Point • 4,280 ft Ascent 1304.48 m Ascent

(5) Angel Fire, NM
Favorite Heart of the Valle Vidal.
Intermediate/Difficult

Valle Vidal Loop

47.7 mi 76.7 km • Point to Point • 2,691 ft Ascent 820.26 m Ascent

(2) Red River, NM
Favorite Overlooking Taos!!
Difficult

Ojitos to El Nogal Loop

11.3 mi 18.2 km • Loop • 2,173 ft Ascent 662.43 m Ascent

(8) Taos, NM
Favorite Typical terrain you'll find along the Talpa Traverse.
Intermediate

Talpa Traverse (from El Nogal)

9.9 mi 15.9 km • Loop • 1,066 ft Ascent 324.95 m Ascent

(15) Taos, NM

Trails in Carson National Forest - 95

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4.8 mi 7.8 km #1Lost Lake Trail #91
Intermediate/Difficult
Red River, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
4.8 mi 7.8 km Red River, NM
0.1 mi 0.2 km #2Jumpin' Jack Flash
Intermediate
Taos Ski Valley, NM
Intermediate
0.1 mi 0.2 km Taos Ski Valley, NM
2.3 mi 3.7 km #3Middle Fork Trail/Forest Road 487
Intermediate
Taos Ski Valley, NM
Intermediate
2.3 mi 3.7 km Taos Ski Valley, NM
5.1 mi 8.1 km #4East Fork Trail #56
Intermediate
Red River, NM
Intermediate
5.1 mi 8.1 km Red River, NM
2.1 mi 3.4 km #5The Berminator
Difficult
Taos Ski Valley, NM
Difficult
2.1 mi 3.4 km Taos Ski Valley, NM
2.1 mi 3.3 km #6Flow Trail
Intermediate
Red River, NM
Intermediate
2.1 mi 3.3 km Red River, NM
3.3 mi 5.3 km #7Frazer Mountain Road
Difficult
Red River, NM
Difficult
3.3 mi 5.3 km Red River, NM
4.4 mi 7.1 km #8Rito de la Olla (Bernardin Lake)
Easy/Intermediate
Ranchos de Taos, NM
Easy/Intermediate
4.4 mi 7.1 km Ranchos de Taos, NM
3.1 mi 5.1 km #9Talpa Traverse Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Taos, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
3.1 mi 5.1 km Taos, NM
1.5 mi 2.4 km #10South Boundary Trail #164: East Addendum
Intermediate/Difficult
Angel Fire, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
1.5 mi 2.4 km Angel Fire, NM
1.9 mi 3.0 km #11Devisadero Hotshot Route
Difficult
Taos, NM
Difficult
1.9 mi 3.0 km Taos, NM
0.8 mi 1.3 km #12Gallina Creek Trail
Intermediate
Arroyo Seco, NM
Intermediate
0.8 mi 1.3 km Arroyo Seco, NM
2.8 mi 4.6 km #13Forest Service Road #445
Intermediate
Angel Fire, NM
Intermediate
2.8 mi 4.6 km Angel Fire, NM
1.9 mi 3.0 km #14Lady Slipper Traverse
Intermediate
Angel Fire, NM
Intermediate
1.9 mi 3.0 km Angel Fire, NM
0.5 mi 0.8 km #15Steam Engine Trail
Intermediate
Taos Ski Valley, NM
Intermediate
0.5 mi 0.8 km Taos Ski Valley, NM
0.5 mi 0.7 km #16Overlook Trail
Intermediate
Taos Ski Valley, NM
Intermediate
0.5 mi 0.7 km Taos Ski Valley, NM
2.5 mi 4.0 km #17FS Trail #660A
Difficult
Ranchos de Taos, NM
Difficult
2.5 mi 4.0 km Ranchos de Taos, NM
0.6 mi 1.0 km #18Malachite Trail
Intermediate
Red River, NM
Intermediate
0.6 mi 1.0 km Red River, NM
0.8 mi 1.2 km #19Gold Camp Trail
Difficult
Taos Ski Valley, NM
Difficult
0.8 mi 1.2 km Taos Ski Valley, NM
0.2 mi 0.4 km #20Drainage Trail
Very Difficult
Taos Ski Valley, NM
Very Difficult
0.2 mi 0.4 km Taos Ski Valley, NM

Photos of Carson National Forest - 162

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Fall on the South Boundary Trail
Nov 9, 2018 near Ranchos…, NM
Hittin' booters and poppin' wheelies coming down the SBT outside of Angel Fire, NM!
Jul 23, 2016 near Angel Fire, NM
South Boundary singletrack.
Aug 12, 2017 near Angel Fire, NM
Steep slope traverse
Aug 2, 2015 near Red River, NM
Lost Lake
Aug 2, 2015 near Red River, NM
Rebecca riding middle fork trail/forest road #487 to lost lake. Red River, New Mexico 8/10/16
Aug 14, 2016 near Red River, NM
Descending one of the rock outcrops along the Lost Lake Trail
Aug 2, 2015 near Red River, NM
Ripping singletrack at the top of the South Boundary Trail!
Jul 23, 2016 near Angel Fire, NM