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

Slide Image: Bears & Safety

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.   

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.


  • Valles Caldera National Preserve OffSite Link

    The Valles Caldera Trust was created by the Valles Caldera Preservation Act of 2000 to preserve and protect the historic Baca Ranch of New Mexico’s Jemez Mountains.

  • National Recreation Reservation Service OffSite Link

    Camp sites, day use sites, and cabins you can reserve from our national reservation service either on-line or by toll free number.

  • 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.