Welcome to the Carson National Forest

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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

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Unique Opportunity - Proposals Sought for Campground Concessionaires

The Carson National Forest is seeking proposals for a campground concession special use permit on the Camino Real, Tres Piedras and Questa Ranger Districts. Site visits are scheduled for August 12 and 13, 2021RSVP is required with Eric Garner at 575-770-4634 or eric.garner@usda.gov by August 1, 2021.

Interested applicants can find details about the application process by reviewing the prospectus documents or by contacting Eric Garner.  Submission deadline: No later than 4:30 p.m. on October 1, 2021

Court Approves Stipulation to Modify Injunction for Certain Activities

Updated: July 23, 2020

On October 23 the court issued an order approving the recently filed stipulation to modify the ongoing court-ordered injunction, allowing select timber management activities to resume. These activities include the cutting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree, personal Christmas tree cutting, the cutting of personal use forest products such as vigas and latillas, special product collection by tribes for ceremonial purposes, and the cutting of certain hazard trees.

We continue to extend our gratitude to our state and federal partners and countless community leaders for their continued support. We are committed to being as open and transparent as possible in notifying interested groups and individuals when we take steps aimed at alleviating the stressors of the recent court-ordered injunction.

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Community Collaboration Continues on User-Created Trail

Talpa Traverse and other user-created trails in the Talpa Foothills are an important source of recreation for communities. Collaborative work is starting to find a solution. 


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