Lincoln National Forest

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Lincoln National Forest

New Mexico

(575) 434-7200

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Things To Do


Known as the birthplace of the world-famous Smokey Bear, the Lincoln National Forest is located in south-central New Mexico. With vegetation zones ranging from desert cactus to tall timber at the higher elevations, this diverse forest provides a whole range of different recreational and wildlife-viewing opportunities. From hiking and camping, to cross-country skiing and sledding, the Lincoln National Forest is sure to have something for everyone.

Map of Lincoln Nat'l Forest

Latitude, Longitude: 33.066804, -105.408997



  • Bicycling

    Both the Sacramento and Smokey Bear Ranger District offer numerous mountain bike trails.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Windy Point Vista is located near the top of NM521, the Ski Run Road, and offers absolutely spectacular views of nearly everywhere. Note: the road leading to this is not for the faint of heart.

  • Camping

    Numerous campgrounds are available within the forest, however, some close down for the winter season.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is not available.

  • Hiking

    Many day-hiking and overnight backpacking trails with varying degrees of difficulty are available.

  • Historic Sites

    Enjoy the interpretive areas and visitor programs!

  • Horseback Riding

    Several of the campgrounds and trailheads are equipped with corals and troughs.

  • Hunting

    Big and small game hunting are permitted; please contact park services for regulations.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    OHV trail and road-riding is acceptable on designated trails and roads only. Call the ranger office for more information on OHV use.

  • Picnicking

    The Guadalupe, Sacramento, and Smoky Bear Ranger Districts offer picnic sites.

  • Winter Sports

    Skiing, snowboarding, sledding, tubing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing are the exciting winter recreational opportunities within the forest.



From Alamagordo, US highway 82 is the primary access route in the south part of the forest. The north end of the forest is accessed via US highway 70 north.

Phone Numbers


(575) 434-7200