Welcome to the Carson National Forest!

The Great Outdoors

The finest mountain scenery in the Southwest is found in the 1.5 million acres of the Carson National Forest. Elevations rise from 6,000 feet to 13,161 feet at Wheeler Peak, the highest in New Mexico. Our mission is to maintain that natural beauty and protect the wildlife that calls it home.

Discover Special Destinations


The Carson National Forest is the northernmost of five National Forests in New Mexico. These are America's great outdoors, here to serve the American people at work and play!

  • Yeso Fire Overview

    three fire fighters at the scene of a forest fire

    The Yeso Fire is a naturally caused wildfire burning to the southeast of Canjilon, N.M., and near the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. No evacuations or closures are expected, but residents and visitors should keep updated for changes.

  • Hikers and Campers: Be Bear Aware

    A brown bear

    Encounters with black bears are not common, but they can occur just about anywhere in the forest. Visitors recently reported bear sightings in the Taos and Hondo canyons.

Plan An Unforgettable Experience

  • Recreation

    wooden sign in front of Williams Lake and mountains

    Some of the best biking trails in New Mexico, plus skiing, views, prehistoric ruins, ice caves and lava flows.

  • Be Prepared

    groups hikes on a mountain rocky path towards higher mountains in the foreground

    Maps are available in all formats and for all devices. Plan ahead by mapping your adventure.

  • Passes/Permits

    Enchantment pass sits atop a post with trees and green leaves in the background

    Camping? Collecting fuelwood? Family Reunion? Filming a Hollywood blockbuster? Get the pass or permit you need! Know before heading out.

  • Enchanted Circle Landscape

    man uses a chainsaw for thinning on a forest

    As part of the national Wildfire Crisis Strategy, the Enchanted Circle landscape is the recipient of a historical investment in wildfire risk reduction.