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188 mi 303 km of trail 10 Featured Rides

Easy Trails 16 Trails Intermediate Trails 42 Trails Hard Trails 1 Trail

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.

Featured Rides in Carson National Forest - 10

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Taos, NM
21.1 mi 33.9 km Taos, NM
All Clear
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Dry
3 days ago
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Red River, NM
4.8 mi 7.8 km Red River, NM
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Red River, NM
2.1 mi 3.3 km Red River, NM
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2.9 mi 4.6 km
#4 The Berminator
Red River, NM
2.9 mi 4.6 km Red River, NM
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3.4 mi 5.4 km
#5 Flow Trail
Red River, NM
3.4 mi 5.4 km Red River, NM
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4.4 mi 7.1 km
#6 Rito de la Olla
Ranchos de Taos, NM
4.4 mi 7.1 km Ranchos de Taos, NM
All Clear
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2 days ago
Taos, NM
3.1 mi 5.1 km Taos, NM
All Clear
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Dry
55 days ago
Red River, NM
5.1 mi 8.1 km Red River, NM
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Angel Fire, NM
1.9 mi 3.0 km Angel Fire, NM
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4.7 mi 7.6 km
#10 The OG Trail
Red River, NM
4.7 mi 7.6 km Red River, NM
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Red River, NM
3.3 mi 5.3 km Red River, NM
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Angel Fire, NM
1.5 mi 2.4 km Angel Fire, NM
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Muddy, Snowy, Icy, Fallen Trees - Rode lower half from Garcia Park and mega snowy walkathon ensued. FR 437 was all clear. I would not ride again for a while
40 days ago
Taos, NM
4.9 mi 7.9 km Taos, NM
Unknown
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Taos Ski Valley, NM
0.5 mi 0.8 km Taos Ski Valley, NM
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2.1 mi 3.4 km
#15 FSR #445
Angel Fire, NM
2.1 mi 3.4 km Angel Fire, NM
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0.7 mi 1.1 km
#16 Overlook Trail
Red River, NM
0.7 mi 1.1 km Red River, NM
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0.6 mi 1.0 km
#17 Gold Camp Trail
Red River, NM
0.6 mi 1.0 km Red River, NM
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0.6 mi 1.0 km
#18 Malachite Trail
Red River, NM
0.6 mi 1.0 km Red River, 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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0.4 mi 0.6 km
#20 Sawmill Trail
Taos Ski Valley, NM
0.4 mi 0.6 km Taos Ski Valley, NM
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