Please note:

Forest-wide Stage 2 fire restrictions are in effect. No campfires allowed.



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.

Additional Recreation Opportunities in Northern New Mexico

Forest Plan Revision

Version 2 of the Carson NF Preliminary Draft Proposed Plan  (PDPP), Detailed Alternative Descriptions, and Alternative Comparison Table are now available on the PDPP webpage. The PDPP-V2 includes desired conditions, objectives, standards, and guidelines for the entire forest (Forest-wide), as well as designated areas and management areas. PDPP-V2 is based on internal, cooperating agency, and public comment on PDPP-V1 posted in July 2017. 

Also available for public review is an updated version of the Draft Wild and Scenic River Eligibility Evaluation (posted January 2018), which has been revised based on public comment. This evaluation includes a summary of public comments received thus far, with responses.

An updated version of Potential Species of Conservation Concern Report is available for public review.


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