Carson National Forest

The Carson National Forest - the multi-use treasure of Northern New Mexico - will provide the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.

Located in northern New Mexico, the Carson NF is one of five national forests in the state and one of the 11 national forests in USDA Forest Service Southwestern Region. The Carson NF’s 1.5 million acres include some of the finest mountain scenery in the Southwest, where elevations rise from 6,000 feet to 13,161 feet at Wheeler Peak, the highest peak in New Mexico.

The Carson NF offers unlimited recreational opportunities throughout all four seasons of the year. Its magnificent mountain scenery and cool summer temperatures lure vacationers to enjoy fishing, hunting, camping, horseback riding, hiking and off-road vehicle use. Many of the 500 miles of trails lead to spectacular high-elevation scenic views.

In the winter, people flock to the Carson NF for some of the finest alpine downhill skiing. Many summer hiking trails and forest roads become popular cross-country ski and snowmobile trails in the winter.

The Carson NF has 400 miles of sparkling clean mountain streams and numerous lakes. Its five wilderness areas encompass 86,193 acres of peace and tranquility.

For more information, please visit the Carson National Forest website.




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