Recreation


photo from the lincoln national forest

Discover an Area by Activity

Select an activity to find an area to visit.

General Questions about Recreating on the Lincoln?

Call your local Ranger Station to check on temperatures, conditions, the best place to go for your wishes and much more.

Popular Trails Fire Lookouts Camping Guides

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

Area Name Status Area Conditions
Apache Campground Open Opens May 13. First come, first serve. No reservations. $26 per night. Extra vehicle $9. 30' RV limit.
Argentina Canyon Trail (T39) Open
Aspen Group Campground Open Opens May 13. Reservations required through www.recreation.gov. Cost: $100-$125. 30' RV limit.
Baca Campground Open Open and available for use year-round.
Barber Ridge Trail (T49) Open T49 Barber Ridge Trail is closed between junction of T44 Three Rivers and T47 Goat Canyon.
Black Bear Group Campground Open Opens May 13. Reservations required through www.recreation.gov. Cost: $100-$125. 26' RV limit.
Bluff Springs Open
Cedar Creek Picnic Area Open
Cedar Creek Picnic Shelter Open
Crest Trail (T25) Open T25 Crest Trail is closed between junction with T78 Lookout Mountain Trail and T49 Barber Ridge Trail.
Deerhead Campground Open Opens April 15. First come, first serve. No reservations. $26 per night (Extra vehicle: $9). 25' RV limit.
James Canyon Campground Open
Lower Fir Group Campground Open Opens May 13. Cost $100-$125. Reservations required through www.recreation.gov. 30' RV limit.
Lower Karr Canyon Campground Open
Oak Grove Campground Closed Opens May 15. First come, first serve. No reservations. $6 per night. 18' RV limit.
Pines Campground Open Opens May 13. First come, first serve. No reservations. Cost: $26-$46. 35' RV limit. 
Saddle Campground Open Opens May 13. First come, first serve. No reservations. Cost $26 ($9 per extra vehicle). 30' RV limit.
Sam Tobias Memorial Group Campground Closed
Schoolhouse Picnic Area Open Open and available for use year-round. 
Silver Campground and Amphitheater Open Opens April 15. First come, first serve. No reservations. $26 per night (Extra vehicle $9). RVs limited to 30'.  
Silver Overflow Campground Open Opens April 15. First come, first serve. No reservations. $22. No RV length limit. 
Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area Open
Skyline Campground Open Open and available for use year-round. 
Sleepy Grass Campground Open Opens May 13. First come, first serve. No reservations. Cost $24-$38 ($7 per extra vehicle). 30' RV limit.
Sleepy Grass Picnic Area Closed
Slide Group Campground Open Opens May 13. Reservation required through www.recreation.gov. Cost: $100-125. RVs limited to 35 feet.
South Fork Campground Closed Opens May 15. First come, first serve. No reservations. $10 per night. 35' RV limit.
Southfork Trail (T19) Open T19 South Fork Trail is closed after junction with T33 Bluefront.
Three Rivers Campground Closed Closed due to the Three Rivers Fire. 
Trestle Recreation Area Open Currently closed for winter while crews work to remove a mistletoe infestation in the area. The nearby trail network remains open, however you will have to access the trails without going through the Trestle Recreation Area (aka the Depot).
Upper Bonito Dispersed Recreation Area Open
Upper Fir Group Campground Open Opens May 13. Cost $100-$230. Reservations required through www.recreation.gov. 30' RV limit.
Upper Karr Recreation Area Open

Spotlights

Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area

sitting bull falls

A desert oasis. Sitting Bull Falls is about an hour outside of Carlsbad, NM and it open 7 days a week. Pack a picnic for one of our historic picnic shelters. Then take a dip at the waterfall or hike one of the many trails in the area. Cost is $5 per vehicle. Cash only. Come early and expect a crowd. This place gets busy, especially in the summer! This is a day-use site only. Sorry no camping. Please bring extra drinking water. The best time of year to visit is spring and fall.

La Pasada Encantada Trail (T233)

La Pasada Encantada Trailhead

Trail #233: The La Pasada Encantada Trail is 0.4-mile long interpretive trail for both the sighted and visually impaired.  It is an easy hike located just south of Cloudcroft and offers regular interpretive signs as well as signs in Braille.  The path of the trail is bordered by railroad ties allowing for easy use for those using assistive canes. It begins at Forest Road 24B at a trailhead immediately adjacent to the Sleepy Grass Campground and loops back to the starting point. When the trail is open, it is open for the following uses: Hiking.

Recreation Areas