Special Places

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.view_bute2_pic







Some of the most picturesque and beautiful natural scenery on the Carson National Forest can be seen on the Wilderness Areas  of  the Carson National Forest.


Wilderness Areas

Santa Barbara View of Bear Mountain

There are 86,193 acres of wilderness in the Carson. Wilderness is land set aside as part of wild America, where man can be a visitor. The natural environment has not been disturbed. Travel is restricted to foot or horseback. No mechanized equipment is allowed. Wilderness areas include:

  • Wheeler Peak
  • Latir Peak
  • Pecos
  • Cruces Basin
  • Columbine-Hondo (proposed wilderness area) 

Winter Activities in Carson National Forest

Winter Activities in Carson National Forest

Taos Ski Valley, Red River and Sipapu Ski areas are all located on portions of the National Forest and provide down hill and nordic skiing. Plenty of opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and sledding also exist on the Carson.


Historic Site - Pot Creek Cultural Site

Pot Creek Cultural Site Sign

Pot Creek is an ancient Anasazi occupaton site just 9 miles south of Taos, NM on highway 518.  Here you can explore the ancient past of the local Tiwa Indians.