Welcome to the Carson National Forest!

The Great Outdoors

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.

Discover Special Destinations

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!

  • Prescribed Fire This Spring

    single firefighter walks down path through trees, surrounded by smoke

    Fire managers may implement prescribed fire projects this spring to increase forest health and reduce the threat of wildfire to communities and natural resources. Learn where, timing and more.

Plan An Unforgettable Experience

  • Recreation

    wooden sign in front of Williams Lake and mountains

    Some of the best biking trails in New Mexico, plus skiing, views, prehistoric ruins, ice caves and lava flows.

  • Be Prepared

    groups hikes on a mountain rocky path towards higher mountains in the foreground

    Maps are available in all formats and for all devices. Plan ahead by mapping your adventure.

  • Passes/Permits

    Enchantment pass sits atop a post with trees and green leaves in the background

    Camping? Collecting fuelwood? Family Reunion? Filming a Hollywood blockbuster? Get the pass or permit you need! Know before heading out.

  • Enchanted Circle Landscape

    man uses a chainsaw for thinning on a forest

    As part of the national Wildfire Crisis Strategy, the Enchanted Circle landscape is the recipient of a historical investment in wildfire risk reduction.