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




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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.

Forest Plan Revision June Public Meetings Results

The Carson National Forest held 14 public meetings in communities around the forest. You shared with us what you value and appreciate most about the Carson National Forest. These comments and a summary of what we heard are now available for you to read - statements from public meetings. As your comments bear out, the forest is truly and land of many uses. These public meetings were the first step in a multi-year process to develop a revised forest plan.  Stay posted to to our plan revision web page for information on future public meetings and workshops as we continue the planning process.


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Environmental Management Systems

Carson National Forest Environmental Management System.