Welcome to Lincoln National Forest

Adventure Beckons

From the desert to the mountains, discover your next destination on the Lincoln National Forest.

Find A Recreation Area

The Lincoln National Forest has not one, but three major mountain ranges: Sacramento, Guadalupe and Capitan that cover 1.1 million acres in southeastern New Mexico. Elevations range from 4,000 to 11,500 feet and pass through five life zones from Chihuahuan desert to sub-alpine forest. It offers a range of recreational activities including hiking, picnicking, mountain biking, camping, and dirt bike riding. It is also home to Smokey Bear who was found on the Lincoln National Forest in 1950.

*The Guadalupe District Office located in Carlsbad is closed until further notice. The Forest remains open. Please contact another district (Sacramento District in Cloudcroft, Smokey Bear District in Ruidoso) or the Supervisor's Office in Alamogordo for assistance. We apologize for any inconvenience. 



  • Maps

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    Be prepared with maps available in your preferred format: Interactive, downloadable and print.

  • Fire Information

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    Review fire restrictions before your visit to prevent causing a wildfire. Check for prescribed fires or active wildfires on the forest.

  • Passes and Permits

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    Some activities on the forest require a pass or permit like firewood collection, Christmas tree cutting, filming/photography, guiding, outfitting and holding events in the forest.

  • After the Fire

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    Keep up to date with burned area emergency response. The Lincoln National Forest is identifing threats to human safety, property, nature and cultural resources on the National Forest after the fire.  

    McBride Fire Nogal Canyon Fire

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  • Caring for the Land

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    National Forests contribute essential elements to our well-being, including clean air, water and soil. Find out how we are improving the health of the Lincoln National Forest through proper planning and forest restoration projects.