Hopewell Lake Black bear Scenic view from a mountaintop Two hikers crossing river Scenic view with snow dappled mountain as backdrop Purple flower in grass


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

The Carson NF Preliminary Draft Proposed Plan (PDPP) and Alternative Themes are now available on the PDPP webpage. The PDPP will include desired conditions, standards, and guidelines for the entire forest (forest-wide resources) and existing Designated Areas. We encourage you to review and provide feedback on the PDPP and alternative themes. We ask that comments be submitted by September 1, 2017 to be most helpful to the plan revision process.

The proposed process for evaluation of Wild and Scenic River Eligibility is now available. The draft Eligibility Evaluation will be posted soon.

A response to comment document for the Potential Species of Conservation Concern is also available.


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Recent News


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.



Environmental Management Systems

Carson National Forest Environmental Management System.