Carson National Forest

Quick Facts

Carson National Forest

New Mexico

(505) 758-6200

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Things To Do

Overview

The magnificent mountain scenery and cool summer temperatures lure vacationers to enjoy the peace and quiet that can be found in the Carson National Forest. Fishing, hunting, camping, and hiking are some of the offered recreational opportunities. Winter activities include skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Watch for big game animals like mule deer, elk, antelope, black bear, mountain lion, and bighorn sheep. There are also many species of smaller animals and songbirds for the observant visitor. With about 400 miles of sparkling clean mountain streams and numerous lakes, fishing for native trout can be a favorite pastime for those visiting the forest.

Map of Carson Nat'l Forest

Latitude, Longitude: 36.518018, -106.068492

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Activities

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Motorcycle trails are available.

  • Camping

    There are many established campgrounds, some with drinking water and toilets.

    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.

  • Climbing

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Fishing

    The Carson has 400 miles of sparkling clean mountain streams and numerous lakes. Many are stocked with native trout by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

  • Hiking

    There are 330 miles of trails, some maintained by volunteer groups. Opportunities abound for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Many summer hiking trails and forest roads become cross-country ski and snowmobile trails in winter. Trail guides are available at any Carson office.

  • Historic Sites

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Hunting

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Carson NF has numerous ATV/motorcycle trails. OHVs must remain on designated roads and trails systems while on the National Forest.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking opportunities await you anywhere within the forest.

  • RVing

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Winter Sports

    Winter activities include skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. 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.

Seasonality/Weather

The Carson National Forest offers unlimited recreational opportunities in any season. Winter activities include skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.

Directions

Driving

From Taos, US Highway 64 takes you into the northern portions of the forest. Highways leading south from Taos which provide access include State 518, State 58 and State 75.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(505) 758-6200

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