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The Caron National Forest is Closed (beginning 05/19/2022)

The Carson National Forest is currently in a Stage 3 fire restrictions forest-wide closure. Fire danger remains extreme with record conditions only expected to worsen over the foreseeable future. The closure will be rescinded after significant moisture has been received and overall conditions improve.

You can still visit the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

Though the Carson Nation Forest is currently closed, you can still enjoy the great outdoors in Taos by visiting the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument:


Carson National Forest Information

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 the USDA trails 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 LEVELACTIVITIES MAP
Devisadero Loop Trail 1085.1 mile loopModerate
Elliott Barker Trail4.1 miles returnEasy to Intermediate
La Jara Canyon Trail FR#52.1 miles returnEasy
Middle Fork Trail 2412.9 miles returnModerate
North Boundary Trail 49512.4 miles returnDifficult
Rio Chiquito Trail #1215.9 miles return Intermediate
Rito De La Olla Trail 4384.6 miles returnEasy 
San Leonardo Trail #302.8 miles returnIntermediate to Difficult
Serpent Lake Trail 196.4 miles returnModerate
South Boundry Trail #16420.1 miles returnEasy to Intermediate
Trampas Lakes Trail 315.5 miles returnModerate
Valle De Los Romero Trail 13A1.2 miles returnEasy to Intermediate 
West Fork Santa Barbara Trail 2512.4 miles returnModerate

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 LEVELACTIVITIES MAP
Burns Lake Trail3.9 miles returnEasy to Intermediate
Hart Canyon Trail #2932.1 miles returnModerate
Hidden Lake Trail #531.2 miles returnModerate
Joaquin Canyon Trail #473.6 miles returnModerate
Martinez Canyon Trail #499.1 miles returnModerate
Rim Vista Trail #152.7 miles returnModerate
Salazar Trail #142.7 miles returnModerate
Vega Paz Trail #210.6 miles returnEasy

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 LEVELACTIVITIES MAP
 Columbine – Twining N.R.T. Trail 64,6914.2 miles returnDifficult
Columbine Canyon Trail #715.3 miles returnModerate
Gavilan Trail #602.4 miles returnModerate
Goose Creek Trail #655.5 miles returnModerate
Horseshoe Lake/East Fork Trail #564.9 miles returnModerate
Italianos Canyon Trail #593.5 miles returnDifficult
Lobo Peak Trail #5710.7 miles returnDifficult
Long Canyon Trail #633.6 miles returnIntermediate to Difficult
Lost Lake Trail #914.0 miles returnIntermediate to Difficult
Manzanita Canyon Trail #582.1 miles returnDifficult
Middle Fork/West Fork Road Trail #4872.0 miles returnMost Difficult
Midnight Trail #8110.8 miles returnDifficult
Placer Fork Trail #724.4 miles returnModerate
Sawmill Park Trail #553.6 miles returnEasy to Intermediate
Wheeler Peak Summit Trail #672.2 miles returnDifficult
Wheeler Peak Trail #907.3 miles returnIntermediate to Difficult
Williams Lake Trail #624 miles returnEasy to Intermediate
Yerba Canyon Trail #614.0 miles returnDifficult