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Lincoln National Forest, Ruidoso

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  • It's best to visit this area when there has been plenty of (recent) rain. Right now (early April) there is plenty of snow run-off, but the forests could sure use rain. I think the fire danger is moder...  more »
  • What a wonderful hike this was, Great views and the dogs loved it. Saw lots of Elk and Deer and the forest was beautiful.  more »
  • Enjoyed riding thru forest. Elk are enjoyable to watch. Wild game everywhere. nice trails to take you thru forest  more »
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  • I took my kids when they were young and our dog (can't remember which one) on one of my spontaneous road trip adventures and we came upon it by accident. It was awesome, it reminded me of Europe. I always said I would go back but didn't. Now I have a adorable grandson and my incredible lab mix service dog Sebastia and I think it's time to go again and do some fishing
  • Awesome place to camp, hike. And enjoy With they would clear out all the dead trees
  • Best park in New Mexico!
  • Great experience. The burn from Jun-Jul 2012 (I visited in May 2013) was still clearly visible; but did not hinder the experince. I wanted to camp at the Skyline campsite but did not due to the fire damage there. Ended up camping in the Oak Groove campsite that was pretty awesome. Hiked up the Lookout Mountain (via trail # 15 - Scenic trail - in front of Skylin Apache > Left at Crest Trail # 25 > lookout trail 78 or 78A) ; it was truly magical. PLease consider the loss of Oxygen level and drop in temperature if planing to hike up this trail. Many campsites available, used hot showers on last day at Apache campgrounds for $5 (9-5). Recommend buying the maps at the local Forest district office. Also While sands national monument is close by and is really amazing. Nogal lake is really worth stopping by, just North of Ruidoso on 48. The nights were clear and dark with least light pollution. Lot of Elk and Deer so be careful while driving. Humble request to all fellow hikers/backpackers pick up trash as you see it and dump it at the end of the trails/any trash cans please. Everything counts :)
  • Please do yourself a favor and don't go to one of the camp grounds. Go up 24/bear canyon, park your car, hike up to the mountain and camp there. The view and the stars were second to none. It will not disappoint.