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



McGaffey Fire Information

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Camino Real Ranger District
McGaffey Canyon
1 ½  mile west of the community Pot Creek
2 ½ miles south and east of the community of Llano Quemado

McGaffey Fire information can be reached at 575-758-6357 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.


The Forest

Trees on the ForestThe 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

Cover of Forest Plan RevisionThe Carson NF is entering phase 2 of the plan revision process, development of a revised plan. The Carson NF has published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to revise the Carson National Forest Land Management Plan and prepare an associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The NOI describes the Proposed Action to revise the forest plan in order to address the Needs to Change. The full text of the NOI is available on the Federal Register

We are now also beginning our Wilderness process within the forest plan revision process.  For more information visit the forest plan revision webpage.

This video describes the complexities of the past and the planning for the future of three northern New Mexico forests as they go through Forest Plan Revision

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Environmental Management Systems

Carson National Forest Environmental Management System.