The Carson National Forest is located in northern New Mexico.
Where is this Forest?



With the ongoing drought, wildlife are becoming more stressed and looking
for easy meals. If you plan on visiting the Carson National Forest, please
read the flyers on how to deal with wildlife. Thank you.


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Trees on the ForestThe Forest

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. More information about the forest



Recreation Opportunities
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. For the most current information on these and other areas, please check with your local Forest Service officeMore information on Recreation Opportunities.

We Would Like to Hear From You!

As part of the Assessment process for updating the Carson's Forest Plan, the forest will engage the public beginning in June of 2014, in a series of community meetings.  The first step in the Plan Revision process is to assess current ecological, social, and economic conditions and trends on the forest.  We want your input.  The forest will provide introductory information about Forest Plan Revision and the assessment.  The public will have the opportunity to contribute technical and local knowledge to help describe current forest conditions and future trends.

Community Meeting Schedule

Can't make the meetings?  Give us your input online.


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  Check out our Flickr , Facebook and Twitter sites for some great pictures and the latest Forest updates.

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Environmental Management Systems

Carson National Forest Environmental Management System.