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Forest Service Recreation -- Inspiring Passion for the Land

Mountain View from Historic Monjeau Lookout

National forests and grasslands provide some of the greatest opportunities for outdoor recreation in the world. Recreation activities are not only fun; they create memories, provide physical challenge, provoke interest, and inspire wonder and awe of the natural world. Recreation contributes greatly to the health of individuals, bonds family and friends, and provides economic benefit to communities. Indeed, outdoor recreation is an essential part of American culture.

Black Bear Safety Tips

Bear Safety, in particular Black Bear Safety is an important thing to know when hiking, camping or visiting the National Forests in the Southwestern Region.   

Outdoor Tips

Preparedness is the key to having a good and safe time at any of our national forests or grasslands. Before you head out on your next forest adventure, be sure to prepare for any surprises or challenges - wildlife, harsh weather, medical emergency - you might encounter at the forest you are visiting.

Proposed Recreation Fees and Comment Information for New Mexico

We are accepting comments on proposed changes to the management of the developed recreation program. These changes will impact campgrounds and day-use sites on the Carson, Gila, Lincoln, and Santa Fe National Forests, and the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands. Comment period ends December 31, 2020.

Sustainable Recreation

The Southwestern Region has a Sustainable Recreation Strategy, which focuses on building strong public engagement and support, community by community.


Recreation Cabin Rentals

Photo of Fernow Cabin

Whether it is winter, spring, summer, or fall, you can experience all of the seasons in a historic Forest Service cabin. Once operated as fully staffed remote ranger stations, they provide an opportunity to live the life of a ranger.


  • OffSite Link

    Reserve camp sites, day use and cabins you can reserve from our on-line national reservation system.

  • OffSite Link

    Get Your Smokey On!

  • Leave No Trace OffSite Link

    An educational, nonprofit organization dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors by all people, worldwide.