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 1103897acre 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.
The modern Lincoln National Forest traces its origins to several different forest reserves and national forests designated in the 1902-1908 period. These included the Lincoln Forest Preserve, a 545,256 acre area established July 26, 1902 around Capitan and Lincoln, the 78,480 acre Gallinas Forest Preserve established on November 5, 1906 in the Gallinas Mountains west of Gallinas, the Guadalupe National Forest, established April 19, 1907 in the mountains along the Texas border, and the Sacramento National Forest, created on April 24, 1907 to preserve the forested heights of the Sacramento Mountains near Alamogordo. Scattered throughout south-central New Mexico, these individual units contained lands in the Guadalupe, Sacramento, Sierra Blanca/White Mountains, Capitan and Gallinas ranges, and encompassed environments from the desert shrubs at the floor of the Chihuahuan Desert through forests of PiƱon, Pine and Juniper to sub-alpine grasslands above the tree-line.
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  • We found an old mine that was caved in. There were mine cars that have been there for a long time. Plus many trails all over. Theres a ton of cool things to find wherever part you go to. So many great...  more »
  • Absolutely beautiful and breathtaking. Went up to Ski Apache from Ruidoso and the views are breathtaking. The road up was sooooo beautiful. My family and I went to Colorado last year and it was just a...  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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