Smokey Bear RD

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

The Smokey Bear Ranger District offers many different recreation opportunities for all seasons.

Winter Sports

Scenic Viewing

Picnicking

Group Picnicking

Camping

Group Camping

Dispersed or "road-side" camping:  

You may drive to park your RV no more than 300' from an open road designated for such use. Please check with one of our offices to obtain a free Motor Vehicle Use Map which details exactly what roads you are allowed to disperse camp along. Most roads, outside of US and State Highways are available for this use.  Please be mindful that there are many private land inholdings within the Forest and these lands are not available for camping.

Trails:

We offer trails ranging in use from hiking, pack/saddle, mountain biking, motorcycle riding and ATV riding (less than 50" in width).  Most side-by-sides are greater than 50" in width and exceed a weight limit, these can be enjoyed on our dirt roads. Most of the trails within this district reside within the White Mountain and Capitan Wilderness Areas, so for a motorized Off Highway Vehicle experience, there are a handful of trails but nearly all of our dirt roads are available for use.

There is little to no water available in many places so please bring what you need and be safe.

Recreation Map

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Activities


Bicycling

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Dispersed Camping

Dispersed or "road-side" camping is allowed throughout the Lincoln National Forest.  You may drive to park your RV no more than 300' from an open road designated for such use. Please check with one of our offices to obtain a free Motor Vehicle Use Map which details exactly what roads you are allowed to disperse camp along.  Most roads, outside of US and State Highways are available for this use.  Please be mindful that there are many private land inholdings within the Forest.

Areas for Dispersed Camping at Smokey Bear RD

Group Camping

The Smokey Bear Ranger District offers 1 reservation only group camping site (Sam Tobias Memorial Campground).  This campground is designed from larger groups and as such the cost is proportional to the number of users.  Please check with the Ranger Station or on this web site for specifics on group camping.

Areas for Group Camping at Smokey Bear RD

RV Camping

Areas for RV Camping at Smokey Bear RD

Campground Camping

Using our Developed Campgrounds:

We offer campground camping across the district to varying levels of development.  Many are located in and around the Village of Ruidoso with a handful a bit further out.  No electricity is available at any Lincoln National Forest Campground.

Areas for Campground Camping at Smokey Bear RD


Hiking

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Horse Riding & Camping

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Hunting

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Nature Viewing

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OHV Riding & Camping

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Picnicking

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Scenic Driving

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Winter Sports

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
33.5694

  Longitude : 
-105.5423

 



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