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carson national forest

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 of the more popular hiking trails in the Carson National Forest are located in Taos Ski Valley. Below you will find trails in Carson National Forest that have printable maps. Click the map icon to download maps.

For more trails and more detailed trail information, visit their website.

Day Hikes

Camino Real Ranger District

The Camino Real Ranger District is managed for many multi-use purposes; hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, skiing, snowmobiling, camping and personal firewood cutting are among the activities. The District manages many acres of the Carson National Forest. The District has more than 252 miles of trail, offering diverse terrain and dramatic landscapes for the skilled hiker.

TRAIL  DISTANCE  LEVEL ACTIVITIES  MAP
Devisadero Loop Trail 108 5.1 mile loop Moderate
Elliott Barker Trail 4.1 miles return Easy to Intermediate  
La Jara Canyon Trail FR#5 2.1 miles return Easy
Middle Fork Trail 24 12.9 miles return Moderate
North Boundary Trail 495 12.4 miles return Difficult
Rio Chiquito Trail #121 5.9 miles return  Intermediate  
Rito De La Olla Trail 438 4.6 miles return Easy
San Leonardo Trail #30 2.8 miles return Intermediate to Difficult
Serpent Lake Trail 19 6.4 miles return Moderate  
South Boundry Trail #164 20.1 miles return Easy to Intermediate  
Trampas Lakes Trail 31 5.5 miles return Moderate  
Valle De Los Romero Trail 13A 1.2 miles return Easy to Intermediate
West Fork Santa Barbara Trail 25 12.4 miles return Moderate  

Canjilon Ranger District

The Canjilon Ranger District is located in the beautiful mountains of Northern New Mexico. The elevation ranges from a low of 6,500 feet up to almost 11,000 feet above sea level. Climate and vegetation types vary from high desert to alpine zones. The ranger district contains several hiking trails, including the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. There are three campgrounds located on the ranger district. The ranger district office is located in the small mountain village of Canjilon which contains a population of approximately 325 residents.

TRAIL  DISTANCE  LEVEL ACTIVITIES  MAP
Burns Lake Trail 3.9 miles return Easy to Intermediate
Hart Canyon Trail #293 2.1 miles return Moderate
Hidden Lake Trail #53 1.2 miles return Moderate
Joaquin Canyon Trail #47 3.6 miles return Moderate
Martinez Canyon Trail #49 9.1 miles return Moderate
Rim Vista Trail #15 2.7 miles return Moderate
Salazar Trail #14 2.7 miles return Moderate
Vega Paz Trail #21 0.6 miles return Easy

Questa Ranger District

The Questa Ranger District is managed for many multi-use purposes; hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, skiing, snowmobiling, camping and personal firewood cutting are among the activities.

TRAIL  DISTANCE  LEVEL ACTIVITIES  MAP
 Columbine – Twining N.R.T. Trail 64,69 14.2 miles return Difficult
Columbine Canyon Trail #71 5.3 miles return Moderate
Gavilan Trail #60 2.4 miles return Moderate
Goose Creek Trail #65 5.5 miles return Moderate
Horseshoe Lake/East Fork Trail #56 4.9 miles return Moderate
Italianos Canyon Trail #59 3.5 miles return Difficult
Lobo Peak Trail #57 10.7 miles return Difficult
Long Canyon Trail #63 3.6 miles return Intermediate to Difficult
Lost Lake Trail #91 4.0 miles return Intermediate to Difficult
Manzanita Canyon Trail #58 2.1 miles return Difficult
Middle Fork/West Fork Road Trail #487 2.0 miles return Most Difficult
Midnight Trail #81 10.8 miles return Difficult
Placer Fork Trail #72 4.4 miles return Moderate
Sawmill Park Trail #55 3.6 miles return Easy to Intermediate
Wheeler Peak Summit Trail #67 2.2 miles return Difficult
Wheeler Peak Trail #90 7.3 miles return Intermediate to Difficult
Williams Lake Trail #62 4 miles return Easy to Intermediate
Yerba Canyon Trail #61 4.0 miles return Difficult

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Michael Hearne’s Big Barn Dance Music Festival

September 7 – 9, 2017
The best artists in Americana, Folk, Bluegrass, Singer-Songwriter and everything in between.

Great Plains/Mountains Tour

Take a trip to the other side of the mountains for a history lesson of what happens when two empires, Spanish and American, meet.

Enchanted Circle Driving Tour

This National Forest Scenic Byway that circles around Wheeler Peek, is the most popular tour in the area.

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