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Lincoln National Forest, Ruidoso

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Lincoln National Forest is a unit of the U.S. Forest Service located in southern New Mexico. Established by Presidential Proclamation in 1902 as the Lincoln Forest Reserve, the 1,103,897 acres (4,467.31 km2) forest begins near the Texas border and contains lands in parts of Chaves, Eddy, Lincoln, and Otero counties. The three Ranger Districts within the forest contain all or part of four mountain ranges, and include a variety of different environmental areas, from desert to heavily forested mountains and sub-alpine grasslands. Established to balance conservation, resource management, and recreation, the lands of the Lincoln National Forest include important local timber resources, protected wilderness areas, and popular recreation and winter sports areas. The forest headquarters is located in Alamogordo, N.M. with local offices in Carlsbad, Cloudcroft, and Ruidoso.

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  • This was an unexpected pleasure driving across the state and we loved the scenery as well as the pace. Stopped en route at the "Old Apple Barn" for a balcony rest and apple pie, of course...  more »
  • Lots of things to do in Ruidoso, tons of shops, housing, and tourism. The best parts are the national forest where you can just walk for hours and chill out, tons of trees and wildlife! Unlike other.....  more »
  • We like the outdoors and we enjoy being away from everyday living. We have peace and solitude and we enjoy other people's company. For the month of August, most children are back in school, so there are fewer campers during the week and a few on the weekends. Lincoln National Forest offers these amenities. We are 15 miles from Capitan, NM so we can get groceries and eat out and do shopping when ever we need to do so. We have found a couple of horses next door that are friendly and pleasant to watch.
  • Love Lincoln National Forest! Camping hiking or just relaxing. Please pack it in and pack it all out to keep it clean. Make sure any camp fire is completely out and save this beautiful life affirming forest for all our futures.

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