Special Places

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.


Some of the most picturesque and beautiful natural scenery on the Carson National Forest can be seen on the Wilderness Areas  of  the Carson National Forest.

Highlighted Areas

Pot Creek Interpretive Trail 2

The Pot Creek Interpretive trail is 1.0 miles long. The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding, in the winter and early spring trail is used for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing.

Historic Pot Creek Cultural Site

Devisadero Loop Trail 108

Devisadero means a “lookout” point or place.  The peak had once been used by the Taos Pueblo Indians to stand guard against the Apaches who would come down Taos Canyon to raid the pueblo.

In summer, there is quite an array of beautiful wildflowers.  There are several vista overlook points along this trail.  Looking westward are beautiful views of the town of Taos, the Rio Grande and San Antonio Mountain.  Looking northward you will see the Taos Pueblo and the Wheeler Peak Wilderness area.

Areas & Activities