Carson National Forest, New Mexico

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Carson National Forest is a national forest in northern New Mexico, United States. It encompasses 6,070 square kilometers (1.5 million acres) and is administered by the United States Forest Service. The Forest Service's "mixed use" policy allows for its use for recreation, grazing, and resource extraction.
Wheeler Peak, the highest mountain in New Mexico at 13161ft, is located in the National Forest.
The forest is located mainly in Rio Arriba (63.4% of acreage) and Taos (34.65%) counties, but smaller areas extend eastward into western Mora and Colfax counties.
Big game animals roam this forest. They include mule deer, elk, pronghorn, cougars, black bears, and bighorn sheep. There are also many species of smaller mammals and songbirds. Forest personnel work closely with the State Game and Fish Department to provide the best wildlife habitat possible. Carson has four hundred miles of sparkling clean mountain streams and numerous lakes. Many of them are stocked with native trout by the Game and Fish Department.
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  • Many backpacks, hikes and car camping are so available for now. See it before the fs burns and thins more. Our sacred Pecos Wilderness which borders the Santa Fe forest divided by trailriders wall is ...  more »
  • Drove from Pagosa Springs to Taos through the CNF and it was so nice. It was unlike the high mountains we had been driving but it was so beautiful in its own right. I will gladly go back to do some hi...  more »
  • Carson NF is a beautiful destination. There are wonderful trails to hike. The elevation is a factor so we worked our way up by hiking the lower elevation trails before taking on the high ones. Fantast...  more »
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  • Beautiful. We off over landed through here and had a blast .
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