Lincoln National Forest, Ruidoso

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 Preserve, 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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  • One million acres and this forest goes on and on. Beautiful scenery. We took the Billy the Kid Scenic Byway snd the Forest was all around us. We went through a tunnel, stopped at scenic spots to...  more »
  • Have been to Ruidoso several times but never to the Lincoln National Forest until this trip. It was a really nice experience. Was a busy weekend with campers everywhere but they were spaced out...  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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