Carson National Forest, New Mexico

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#83 of 124 in Nature in New Mexico
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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  • I have been going to the Carson National Forest for decades now. By far the best National Forest in New Mexico!  more »
  • We were travelling from Albuquerque to Raton and decided not to go I25 all the way and instead went up to Taos and through Cimarron. The road through the forest is very pretty and it was much nicer th...  more »
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  • So wonderful! Absolutely gorgeous.
  • Beautiful. We off over landed through here and had a blast .

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