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373 mi 601 km of trail 16 Featured Rides

Easy Trails 31 Trails Intermediate Trails 63 Trails Hard Trails 7 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.

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4.8 mi 7.8 km #1 Lost Lake Trail #91
Red River, NM
4.8 mi 7.8 km Red River, NM
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0.1 mi 0.2 km #2 Jumpin' Jack Flash
Taos Ski Valley, NM
0.1 mi 0.2 km Taos Ski Valley, NM
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2.3 mi 3.7 km #3 Middle Fork Trail/Forest Road 487
Taos Ski Valley, NM
2.3 mi 3.7 km Taos Ski Valley, NM
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2.9 mi 4.6 km #4 The Berminator
Taos Ski Valley, NM
2.9 mi 4.6 km Taos Ski Valley, NM
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2.1 mi 3.3 km #5 Flow Trail
Red River, NM
2.1 mi 3.3 km Red River, NM
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4.4 mi 7.1 km #6 Rito de la Olla (Bernardin Lake)
Ranchos de Taos, NM
4.4 mi 7.1 km Ranchos de Taos, NM
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3.1 mi 5.1 km #7 Talpa Traverse Trail
Taos, NM
3.1 mi 5.1 km Taos, NM
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14 days ago
1.5 mi 2.4 km #8 South Boundary Trail #164: East Addendum
Angel Fire, NM
1.5 mi 2.4 km Angel Fire, NM
Minor Issues
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Dry, Fallen Trees - About 13 trees still down but heard from Albuquerque Tours shuttle driver they are clearing them very soon.
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6.9 mi 11.2 km #9 Ojitos Trail #166
Ranchos de Taos, NM
6.9 mi 11.2 km Ranchos de Taos, NM
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14 days ago
5.1 mi 8.1 km #10 East Fork Trail #56
Red River, NM
5.1 mi 8.1 km Red River, NM
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1.9 mi 3.0 km #11 Devisadero Hotshot Route
Taos, NM
1.9 mi 3.0 km Taos, NM
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14 days ago
0.8 mi 1.3 km #12 Gallina Creek Trail
Arroyo Seco, NM
0.8 mi 1.3 km Arroyo Seco, NM
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2.8 mi 4.6 km #13 Forest Service Road #445
Angel Fire, NM
2.8 mi 4.6 km Angel Fire, NM
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1.9 mi 3.0 km #14 Lady Slipper Traverse
Angel Fire, NM
1.9 mi 3.0 km Angel Fire, NM
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4.7 mi 7.6 km #15 The OG Trail
Red River, NM
4.7 mi 7.6 km Red River, NM
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3.3 mi 5.3 km #16 Frazer Mountain Road
Red River, NM
3.3 mi 5.3 km Red River, NM
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0.5 mi 0.8 km #17 Steam Engine Trail
Taos Ski Valley, NM
0.5 mi 0.8 km Taos Ski Valley, NM
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0.5 mi 0.7 km #18 Overlook Trail
Taos Ski Valley, NM
0.5 mi 0.7 km Taos Ski Valley, NM
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2.5 mi 4.0 km #19 FS Trail #660A
Ranchos de Taos, NM
2.5 mi 4.0 km Ranchos de Taos, NM
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0.6 mi 1.0 km #20 Malachite Trail
Red River, NM
0.6 mi 1.0 km Red River, NM
Unknown
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