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185 mi 297 km of trail 3 Runs

Easy Trails 5 Trails Intermediate Trails 27 Trails Hard Trails 4 Trails

The Carson National Forest is one of five National Forests in New Mexico. The National Forests are America's Great outdoors, here to serve the American people at work and play!

Some of the finest mountain scenery in the Southwest is found in the 1.5 million acres covered by the Carson National Forest. Elevations rise from 6,000 feet to 13,161 feet at Wheeler Peak, the highest in New Mexico. Our objective is to maintain that natural beauty.

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.

Some recreation areas have undergone new and exciting renovations to make the National Forest lands accessible to all. Plans are being implemented to make additional recreation areas accessible.

Camping & Lodging

There are many established campgrounds available; with drinking water, toilets and without drinking water.

For those who want to get away, the Carson provides opportunities for back-country car and backpack camping. With few exceptions, visitors can roam the woods at will, wrapped in a cloak of peace and quiet. For more information, ask for a camping guide to the Carson.

Other Activities

Some of the finest alpine downhill skiing in the US is found at Taos Ski Valley, Red River and Sipapu Ski Areas. All are located within the forest. In addition, Angel Fire, Rio Costilla Ski Areas and Enchanted Forest-Cross Country Ski Area are located on nearby private lands.

Runs in Carson National Forest - 3

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Favorite The cows watching...watching...
Intermediate/Difficult

West Fork Rio Santa Barbara

20.4 mi 32.9 km • Loop • 3,183 ft Ascent 970.23 m Ascent

(5) Ranchos…, NM
Favorite Williams Lake 10/2016
Intermediate

Williams Lake Trail #62

4.0 mi 6.4 km • Out and Back • 951 ft Ascent 289.88 m Ascent

(17) Taos Sk…, NM
Favorite No Photos
Intermediate/Difficult

Up and Over Trail Run

6.1 mi 9.8 km • Loop • 2,299 ft Ascent 700.79 m Ascent

(1) Taos Sk…, NM

Trails in Carson National Forest - 33

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2.2 mi 3.5 km #1Wheeler Peak Summit Trail #67
Intermediate/Difficult
Taos Ski Valley, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
2.2 mi 3.5 km Taos Ski Valley, NM
5.9 mi 9.5 km #2Trampas Lakes Trail #31
Intermediate
Chimayo, NM
Intermediate
5.9 mi 9.5 km Chimayo, NM 11 
22.2 mi 35.7 km #3South Boundary Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Angel Fire, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
22.2 mi 35.7 km Angel Fire, NM
4.8 mi 7.8 km #4Lost Lake Trail #91
Intermediate/Difficult
Red River, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
4.8 mi 7.8 km Red River, NM
5.0 mi 8.1 km #5Devisadero Loop Trail #108
Intermediate
Taos, NM
Intermediate
5.0 mi 8.1 km Taos, NM 13 
2.6 mi 4.3 km #6Gavilan Trail #60
Intermediate/Difficult
Taos Ski Valley, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
2.6 mi 4.3 km Taos Ski Valley, NM
4.2 mi 6.8 km #7Manzanita Canyon Trail #58
Intermediate/Difficult
Taos Ski Valley, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
4.2 mi 6.8 km Taos Ski Valley, NM
5.8 mi 9.4 km #8Forest Road #438 West
Easy
Ranchos de Taos, NM
Easy
5.8 mi 9.4 km Ranchos de Taos, NM
8.3 mi 13.4 km #9Cerro Vista Trail (#124)
Intermediate
Ranchos de Taos, NM
Intermediate
8.3 mi 13.4 km Ranchos de Taos, NM
0.3 mi 0.5 km #10Williams Falls
Difficult
Taos Ski Valley, NM
Difficult
0.3 mi 0.5 km Taos Ski Valley, NM
5.8 mi 9.3 km #11Columbine Canyon Trail #71
Difficult
Questa, NM
Difficult
5.8 mi 9.3 km Questa, NM
8.2 mi 13.2 km #12West Fork Trail #25
Intermediate
Ranchos de Taos, NM
Intermediate
8.2 mi 13.2 km Ranchos de Taos, NM
1.4 mi 2.2 km #13Foster Park Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Red River, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
1.4 mi 2.2 km Red River, NM
7.4 mi 11.9 km #14Wheeler Peak Trail #90
Intermediate/Difficult
Taos Ski Valley, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
7.4 mi 11.9 km Taos Ski Valley, NM
3.8 mi 6.1 km #15Gold Hill Trail #64
Intermediate/Difficult
Taos Ski Valley, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
3.8 mi 6.1 km Taos Ski Valley, NM
5.1 mi 8.1 km #16East Fork Trail #56
Intermediate
Red River, NM
Intermediate
5.1 mi 8.1 km Red River, NM
9.8 mi 15.8 km #17North Boundary Trail #495
Intermediate/Difficult
Taos, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
9.8 mi 15.8 km Taos, NM
6.2 mi 9.9 km #18Rancho de Rio Grande Trail #18
Easy/Intermediate
Ranchos de Taos, NM
Easy/Intermediate
6.2 mi 9.9 km Ranchos de Taos, NM
2.9 mi 4.7 km #19Long Canyon Trail #63
Intermediate/Difficult
Taos Ski Valley, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
2.9 mi 4.7 km Taos Ski Valley, NM
4.1 mi 6.5 km #20Yerba Canyon Trail #61
Intermediate/Difficult
Taos Ski Valley, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
4.1 mi 6.5 km Taos Ski Valley, NM

Photos of Carson National Forest - 65

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Looking at Wheeler Peak (highest point in NM) and the Wheeler Wilderness. The trail you see here is the Goose Lake Trail.
Apr 26, 2019 near Taos Sk…, NM
Williams Lake 10/2016
Oct 25, 2016 near Taos Sk…, NM
Enjoy a great view of the lakes from Sheepshead Peak. North Truchas Peak is at the right edge of the photo.
Jul 2, 2017 near Chimayo, NM
Great views of Gold Hill and Long Canyon from the Wheeler Peak Trail.
Apr 30, 2019 near Taos Sk…, NM
Where the trail climbs out of the canyon, this is the view looking east toward Wheeler Peak and the ski resort.
Apr 30, 2019 near Taos Sk…, NM
Hiking along the FR 437.
Apr 21, 2019 near Angel Fire, NM
Looking toward the mountains south of Wheeler Peak.
Aug 17, 2017 near Taos Sk…, NM
Lower Trampas Lake takes part shade and part sun in the late afternoon.
Jul 2, 2017 near Chimayo, NM

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