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Carson National Forest

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343 mi 552 km of trail 16 Featured Rides

Easy Trails 29 Trails Intermediate Trails 58 Trails Hard Trails 5 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.

Featured Rides in Carson National Forest - 16

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Angel Fire, NM
21.4 mi 34.4 km Angel Fire, NM
All Clear
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4 days ago
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Red River, NM
4.8 mi 7.8 km Red River, NM
All Clear
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10 days ago
0.1 mi 0.2 km
#3 Jumpin' Jack Flash
Taos Ski Valley, NM
0.1 mi 0.2 km Taos Ski Valley, NM
All Clear
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7 days ago
Taos Ski Valley, NM
2.3 mi 3.7 km Taos Ski Valley, NM
Minor Issues
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Trails are in good condition with some wet sections, typical monsoon season weather has set in across the region.
72 days ago
2.9 mi 4.6 km
#5 The Berminator
Red River, NM
2.9 mi 4.6 km Red River, NM
All Clear
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Some wet sections, expect afternoon storms typical of monsoon season.
72 days ago
2.1 mi 3.3 km
#6 Flow Trail
Red River, NM
2.1 mi 3.3 km Red River, NM
Unknown
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4.4 mi 7.1 km
#7 Rito de la Olla
Ranchos de Taos, NM
4.4 mi 7.1 km Ranchos de Taos, NM
Minor Issues
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Some Mud: Carson NF restrictions downgraded to Stage 2 at 8am July 10th. Seasonal monsoon weather has set in, expect afternoon storms.
72 days ago
Taos, NM
3.1 mi 5.1 km Taos, NM
Minor Issues
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Some Mud: Carson NF restrictions downgraded to Stage 2 at 8am July 10th. Seasonal monsoon weather has set in, expect afternoon storms.
72 days ago
Angel Fire, NM
1.5 mi 2.4 km Angel Fire, NM
Minor Issues
Update
Some Mud: Carson NF restrictions downgraded to Stage 2 at 8am July 10th. Seasonal monsoon weather has set in, expect afternoon storms.
72 days ago
Red River, NM
5.1 mi 8.1 km Red River, NM
Minor Issues
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Two trees down across the trail
10 days ago
Taos, NM
4.9 mi 7.9 km Taos, NM
Minor Issues
Update
Some Mud: Carson NF restrictions downgraded to Stage 2 at 8am July 10th. Seasonal monsoon weather has set in, expect afternoon storms.
72 days ago
Angel Fire, NM
2.8 mi 4.6 km Angel Fire, NM
Unknown
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Angel Fire, NM
1.9 mi 3.0 km Angel Fire, NM
Bad / Closed
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Forest-wide closure due to fire danger.
86 days ago
4.7 mi 7.6 km
#14 The OG Trail
Red River, NM
4.7 mi 7.6 km Red River, NM
Unknown
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Red River, NM
3.3 mi 5.3 km Red River, NM
All Clear
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22 days ago
Arroyo Seco, NM
0.8 mi 1.3 km Arroyo Seco, NM
Unknown
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Taos Ski Valley, NM
0.5 mi 0.8 km Taos Ski Valley, NM
All Clear
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7 days ago
2.5 mi 4.0 km
#18 FS Trail #660A
Ranchos de Taos, NM
2.5 mi 4.0 km Ranchos de Taos, NM
Unknown
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0.7 mi 1.1 km
#19 Overlook Trail
Red River, NM
0.7 mi 1.1 km Red River, NM
All Clear
Update
22 days ago
0.6 mi 1.0 km
#20 Malachite Trail
Red River, NM
0.6 mi 1.0 km Red River, NM
All Clear
Update
7 days ago

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