Welcome to the Carson National 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

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Recent News


Forest Plan Revision

The final Carson NF Land Management Plan, Final Environmental Impact Statement, and a draft Record of Decision are available for public review.

Additional thinning areas open for fuelwood collection!

Additional thinning areas open for fuel wood collection. To date 1,154 acres have been completed and are open to fire wood gathering with a valid permit. 

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Community Collaboration Continues on User-Created Trail

Talpa Traverse and other user-created trails in the Talpa Foothills are an important source of recreation for communities. Collaborative work is starting to find a solution. 


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