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About the Forest

The Lincoln National Forest is over 1 million acres in size and contains desert landscapes, subalpine forests, and everything in between. It's also the birthplace of the famous Smokey Bear, the living symbol of forest fire prevention. The elevation ranges from 4,000 to 11,500 feet, providing a wide range of habitats and temperatures throughout the forest.


The Lincoln National Forest is a nature lover's paradise. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of recreation in the forest including,
  • Horseback riding
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Nature Viewing
  • ATV/off-roading
  • Camping
  • Hunting
  • Picnicking
  • Scenic driving
  • Winter sports

What to Bring

What you'll need to bring to be prepared on your trip to Lincoln National Park will vary depending on the season. The spring is often dry and windy, while summer typically sees the most rain.

For a summer trip, you'll need,

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Hiking boots
  • Backpack
  • Snacks
  • Map

For a trip in cooler seasons you'll want to bring much of the same gear you'd bring for a summer trip with the addition of,

  • Warm clothing (layers)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof boots

*There are many areas within Lincoln National Forest where drinking water isn't available. Be sure to bring as much or more than you're going to need on your trip.

What Visitors are Saying...

One of my Favorite Places

This is one of my favorite places to hike in New Mexico - a close second being Dog Canyon! I've visited Lincoln National Forest many, many times in the two years I've lived here, and if one just stays on the beaten path, it STILL doesn't get old! It is genuinely loads of fun, and gorgeous all-year round! The waterfall, the nature, it's absolutely BEAUTIFUL! And if you just need a place to get away, there are loads of options down the hill that are under a fifteen minute hike. Super accessible, very moderate, yet satisfyingly lovely all times of the year.
-Mason M.

Take in the Scenery!

Great place to hike, explore, and take in the scenery! There are countless trails and places to visit and tons of cool things to see. You might even find a desert stream... There are climbing and bouldering opportunities all over! Just remember, always be safe and bring extra water!
-Elijah S.

Something for Everyone

One of the most beautiful places in USA! Diverse in landscape, flora, and wildlife. There is definitely something for everyone here. Be sure to visit some of the beautiful hiking trails in the area. The locals that live in the small towns dotting the area are friendly and hospitable!
-Angela C.

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