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179 mi 288 km of trail 3 Featured Hikes

Easy Trails 6 Trails Intermediate Trails 24 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 Hikes in Carson National Forest - 2

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Favorite The cows watching...watching...

West Fork Rio Santa Barbara

20.4 mi 32.9 km • Loop • 3,183 ft Ascent 970.23 m Ascent

Singletrack Ranchos de Taos, NM

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Favorite Williams Lake 10/2016

Williams Lake Trail #62

4.0 mi 6.4 km • Out and Back • 951 ft Ascent 289.88 m Ascent

Singletrack Taos Ski Valley, NM

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Trails in Carson National Forest - 32

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22.2 mi 35.7 km #1 South Boundary Trail
Angel Fire, NM
22.2 mi 35.7 km Angel Fire, NM
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5.9 mi 9.5 km #2 Trampas Lakes Trail #31
Chimayo, NM
5.9 mi 9.5 km Chimayo, NM
Minor Issues
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Snowy, Some Mud, Fallen Trees
52 days ago
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4.8 mi 7.8 km #3 Lost Lake Trail #91
Red River, NM
4.8 mi 7.8 km Red River, NM
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2.2 mi 3.5 km #4 Wheeler Peak Summit Trail #67
Taos Ski Valley, NM
2.2 mi 3.5 km Taos Ski Valley, NM
Minor Issues
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Muddy, Snowy
10 days ago
5.0 mi 8.1 km #5 Devisadero Loop Trail #108
Taos, NM
5.0 mi 8.1 km Taos, NM
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2.6 mi 4.3 km #6 Gavilan Trail #60
Taos Ski Valley, NM
2.6 mi 4.3 km Taos Ski Valley, NM
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4.2 mi 6.8 km #7 Manzanita Canyon Trail #58
Taos Ski Valley, NM
4.2 mi 6.8 km Taos Ski Valley, NM
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5.8 mi 9.4 km #8 Forest Road #438 West
Ranchos de Taos, NM
5.8 mi 9.4 km Ranchos de Taos, NM
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8.3 mi 13.4 km #9 Cerro Vista Trail (#124)
Ranchos de Taos, NM
8.3 mi 13.4 km Ranchos de Taos, NM
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8.2 mi 13.2 km #10 West Fork Trail #25
Ranchos de Taos, NM
8.2 mi 13.2 km Ranchos de Taos, NM
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1.4 mi 2.2 km #11 Foster Park Trail
Red River, NM
1.4 mi 2.2 km Red River, NM
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0.3 mi 0.5 km #12 Williams Falls
Taos Ski Valley, NM
0.3 mi 0.5 km Taos Ski Valley, NM
All Clear
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Mostly Dry: Water levels are high this year, William's Lake is full and shorelines are above typical levels, lots of snow above the lake
4 days ago
5.1 mi 8.1 km #13 East Fork Trail #56
Red River, NM
5.1 mi 8.1 km Red River, NM
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9.8 mi 15.8 km #14 North Boundary Trail #495
Taos, NM
9.8 mi 15.8 km Taos, NM
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6.2 mi 9.9 km #15 Rancho de Rio Grande Trail #18
Ranchos de Taos, NM
6.2 mi 9.9 km Ranchos de Taos, NM
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6.9 mi 11.2 km #16 Ojitos Trail #166
Ranchos de Taos, NM
6.9 mi 11.2 km Ranchos de Taos, NM
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7.4 mi 11.9 km #17 Wheeler Peak Trail #90
Taos Ski Valley, NM
7.4 mi 11.9 km Taos Ski Valley, NM
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3.8 mi 6.1 km #18 Gold Hill Trail #64
Taos Ski Valley, NM
3.8 mi 6.1 km Taos Ski Valley, NM
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2.9 mi 4.7 km #19 Long Canyon Trail #63
Taos Ski Valley, NM
2.9 mi 4.7 km Taos Ski Valley, NM
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4.7 mi 7.5 km #20 Pioneer Creek Road #485
Red River, NM
4.7 mi 7.5 km Red River, NM
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