Welcome to Lincoln National Forest

South Fork and Salt Fires

Mandatory area evacuations are in effect in Ruidoso and surrounding area. Visit the South Fork and Salt Well Fire Information Hub and Inciweb for more information.

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.

Fire Information

  • Emergency Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

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    The Lincoln National Forest is now in Emergency Stage 2 Fire Restrictions which puts prohibitions on fires, campfires, flames, smoking and internal combustion engines.  

  • Smokey Bear Reading Challenge

    Smokey Bear graphic with the number 80 to celebrate his 80th birthday

    Learn about fire prevention. Help celebrate Smokey Bear's 80th Birthday.

Plan Your Trip

  • Maps and Guides

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    Get forest maps in your preferred format and be prepared for your visit. Formats include interactive, mobile, 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.

Discover More About the Lincoln National Forest

  • Caring for the Land

    A sunset on the Lincoln National Forest

    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 restoration projects.

  • Enchantment Pass

    the Enchantment Pass on a rustic wood holiday background with evergreens, gifts and string

    Plan your New Mexico adventures and save money! The Enchantment Pass offers access to dozens of New Mexico National Forests’ recreation areas for one low annual fee of $40.


Next-Level Reforestation

Sentry Tree Shelters Scott Abel

 Unlocking the science behind reforestation on the Lincoln National Forest.

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