Recreation

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Restricted Areas - Regional Closure Information

Know Before You Go

Important Carson National Forest recreation reminders:

Recreation Opportunities
The Carson National Forest offers unlimited recreational opportunities in any season. The magnificent mountain scenery and cool summer temperatures lure vacationers to enjoy the peace and quiet, for fishing, hunting, camping, and hiking. Winter activities include skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.

Wilderness Areas on the Carson National Forest.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Agua Piedra Campground and Group Shelters Closed to Visitor Open 5/21/21. Reservations
Cabresto Lake Open to Visitor No water
Canjilon Lakes Campground Open to Visitor No water
Capulin Campground Closed to Visitor Open 5/21/21. No water.
Cebolla Mesa Open to Visitor Open, no water, no trash collection, visitors must pack out all trash.
Cimarron Campground Closed to Visitor Open 5/21/21. No water. Reservations
Columbine Campground Closed to Visitor Open 5/21/21. Reservations
Comales Campground Closed to Visitor Open 5/21/21. No water.
Cuchillo Del Medio Campground Closed to Visitor Closed due to hazard trees.
Duran Canyon Closed to Visitor No water
East Fork Santa Barbara Trail 26 Open to Visitor
East Fork Trail 56 Open to Visitor
Echo Amphitheater Picnic Site Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed for upkeep.
Echo Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season. No restrooms.
El Rito Campground Open to Visitor Group shelter not taking reservations until after Memorial Day. No water or restrooms. Remove all trash, including human waste.
Elephant Rock Campground Closed to Visitor Open 5/21/21. The Day Use area is open. Reservations
Fawn Lakes Campground Closed to Visitor The Day Use area is open. Campground opening is weather dependent. Reservations
Goat Hill Campground Open to Visitor No water
Hopewell Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Open 5/21/21. The Day Use area open. No water. Reservations
Junebug Campground Closed to Visitor Open 5/21/21
La Bobita Campground Closed to Visitor Open 5/28/21. No water. Porta Potty.
La Junta Canyon Closed to Visitor Open 5/21/21
La Sombra Campground Closed to Visitor Open 5/21/21. No water.
Las Petacas Campground Closed to Visitor
Lower Hondo Campground Open to Visitor No water. Open to self-contained day use or camping only.
McCrystal Campground Open to Visitor No water. Open without a concessionaire.
Middle Fork Trail 24 Open to Visitor
Rio de Los Pinos Campground Open to Visitor No water
Santa Barbara Campground Closed to Visitor Open 5/21/21. Reservations
Trout Lakes Open to Visitor No water or restrooms. Remove all trash and human waste.
Twining Campground Open to Visitor No water or restrooms. Remove all trash, including human waste.
Upper La Junta Campground Closed to Visitor Open 5/21/21.
Upper Lagunitas / Lower Lagunitas Closed to Visitor No water
Valle Vidal Unit Open to Visitor
West Fork Santa Barbara Trail 25 Open to Visitor
Wheeler Peak Summit Trail #67 Open to Visitor
Wheeler Peak Trail 90 Open to Visitor
Areas & Activities

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https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/carson/recreation