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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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Forest Plan Revision

The forest plan provides strategic direction to guide management of the forest resources and is a framework for decision making on site specific projects and activities. The Carson National Forest is currently in the process of revising its existing 1986 Forest Plan under the 2012 Planning Rule.

Learn about the plan revision process here.

Proposal to add new recreation sites to rental program

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The Carson National Forest is seeking to add a historic cabin on the Tres Piedras Ranger District and a group shelter on the Camino Real Ranger District to the rental program.  The next step in the process is to present the proposal before the BLM Resource Advisory Council (RAC) near the end of calendar year 2017.


The overnight rental of cabins and group shelters is popular with the public for providing a unique recreational experience staying in historic Forest Service cabins while providing revenue for the ongoing maintenance and renovation of these historic buildings.



Fall Colors

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Why do the leaves change color? Learn why and where you can see fall colors on the Carson National Forest.  Learn more about the Fall Colors.

Forest Service Job Openings

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Interested in a career with the Forest Service? Check out the latest FS job openings available across the country on USAJOBS.


Continental Divide Trail (CDT) Work Summer 2018

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Volunteers came from New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, and even Iowa to work with Jeff Mugleston, the Carson NF CDT Coordinator.


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