The Great Outdoors Has Never Been Better
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.
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!
Plan An Unforgettable Experience
Skiing, views, prehistoric ruins, ice caves, lava flows, and some of the best biking trails in New Mexico.
Maps are available in all formats and for all devices. Plan ahead by mapping your adventure.
Camping? Collecting fuelwood? Family Reunion? Filming a Hollywood blockbuster? Get the pass or permit you need! Know before heading out.
Discover More about the Carson National Forest
Learn about how we work to preserve endangered species like the Mexican Spotted Owl and the New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse, Forest Plans and NEPA Projects which reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires.
Forest plans provide 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 plan.
We are accepting comments on proposed changes to the management of the developed recreation program. These changes will impact campgrounds and day-use sites on the Carson, Gila, Lincoln, and Santa Fe National Forests, and the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands. Comment period ends September 30, 2021.