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140 mi 225 km of trail 3 Featured Hikes

Easy Trails 4 Trails Intermediate Trails 19 Trails Hard Trails 3 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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Red River, NM
4.8 mi 7.8 km Red River, NM
All Clear
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13 days ago
Chimayo, NM
5.9 mi 9.5 km Chimayo, NM
Unknown
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22.2 mi 35.7 km
#3 South Boundary Trail
Angel Fire, NM
22.2 mi 35.7 km Angel Fire, NM
All Clear
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Dry
92 days ago
Taos Ski Valley, NM
2.2 mi 3.5 km Taos Ski Valley, NM
All Clear
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20 days ago
2.6 mi 4.3 km
#5 Gavilan Trail #60
Taos Ski Valley, NM
2.6 mi 4.3 km Taos Ski Valley, NM
All Clear
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Mostly Dry
14 days ago
Taos Ski Valley, NM
4.2 mi 6.8 km Taos Ski Valley, NM
All Clear
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Mostly Dry
67 days ago
Red River, NM
5.1 mi 8.1 km Red River, NM
Bad / Closed
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Carson NF closed due to fire danger.
84 days ago
Ranchos de Taos, NM
8.3 mi 13.4 km Ranchos de Taos, NM
Unknown
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8.2 mi 13.2 km
#9 West Fork Trail #25
Ranchos de Taos, NM
8.2 mi 13.2 km Ranchos de Taos, NM
Unknown
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1.4 mi 2.2 km
#10 Foster Park Trail
Red River, NM
1.4 mi 2.2 km Red River, NM
Unknown
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Taos, NM
9.8 mi 15.8 km Taos, NM
Unknown
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Taos, NM
5.0 mi 8.1 km Taos, NM
All Clear
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Dry
9 hours ago
Ranchos de Taos, NM
6.2 mi 9.9 km Ranchos de Taos, NM
All Clear
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Dry
18 days ago
6.9 mi 11.2 km
#14 Ojitos Trail #166
Ranchos de Taos, NM
6.9 mi 11.2 km Ranchos de Taos, NM
All Clear
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Dry
9 hours ago
11.0 mi 17.8 km
#15 East Fork Trail #24
Ranchos de Taos, NM
11.0 mi 17.8 km Ranchos de Taos, NM
Unknown
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Mora, NM
3.1 mi 5.0 km Mora, NM
Unknown
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Red River, NM
4.7 mi 7.5 km Red River, NM
Unknown
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Ranchos de Taos, NM
5.8 mi 9.4 km Ranchos de Taos, NM
Unknown
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Ranchos de Taos, NM
3.4 mi 5.5 km Ranchos de Taos, NM
Unknown
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Ranchos de Taos, NM
5.9 mi 9.4 km Ranchos de Taos, NM
Unknown
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Ranchos de Taos, NM
2.3 mi 3.7 km Ranchos de Taos, NM
Unknown
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8.2 mi 13.2 km
#22 Comales Trail #22
Ranchos de Taos, NM
8.2 mi 13.2 km Ranchos de Taos, NM
Unknown
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Taos Ski Valley, NM
2.5 mi 4.1 km Taos Ski Valley, NM
Unknown
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