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



Ice Castles Reading Map Family snowshoeing Truchas Peaks and valley Higdon Mora Camino Real Santa Barbara Campground

Photos courtesy Gak Stonn, Angie Higdon, and Kathleen Brennan


The Forest

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

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 office.  More 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.

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Comments sought for plan to add new recreation sites to rental program

Aldo Leopold Mi Casita

The Carson National Forest is seeking public comments on a plan 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 overnight rentals 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. Use of group shelter that can accommodate large numbers of people is also very popular and in demand.

The Forest Service welcomes your questions, comments, concerns or support for their proposal to make the Aldo Leopold House and Amole Shelter available for overnight rentals.

Jicarilla Ranger District Outfitter Guide Lottery

The Jicarilla Ranger District will conduct a lottery to fill up to five temporary outfitter guide permits for the 2017/2018 hunting season. In order to enter the lottery an interested outfitter must submit a copy of their valid New Mexico outfitter card along with a written request to be entered in the lottery. Cards and requests will only be accepted between 8 am Mountain Standard Time, Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 and 4:30 pm Mountain Daylight Time (MDT), Friday, May 26th, 2017.


Environmental Management Systems

Carson National Forest Environmental Management System.