Lincoln National Forest Guide

Tucked away in southern New Mexico, a stone's throw from White Sands National Park and the Mexican border, Lincoln National Forest is a green oasis in the midst of an endless desert. Here, you can hike high into the breezy, forested mountains or head deep into wild and rocky canyons. For an adrenaline rush, you can race down mountain paths on a mountain bike or OHV. In the winter, join locals at the Ski Apache ski area for a day in the snow. With more than 1 million acres of space, it's a breeze to find solitude or to enjoy your adventure with other outdoor enthusiasts.

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Lincoln National Forest Hiking Trails

Things to Do

Activities in Lincoln National Forest

In addition to hiking, Lincoln National Forest offers an array of outdoor activities. If you're interested in identifying plants, birds, and animals, head to Nelson Canyon Vista Interpretive Site or Trestle Vista Observation Site. Since the region is quite dry, there are no opportunities for fishing. You can, however, try caving in the Guadalupe Ranger District. Other popular activities include OHV riding, horseback riding, and skiing. To see the wilderness from your car, head to 5 Points Vista, Haynes Canyon Vista, or Monjeau Lookout.

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How to get to Lincoln National Forest

Address: 3463 Las Palomas, Alamogordo, NM 88310

Fee: Entry fee $0

With its exceptional hiking and unique history, Lincoln National Forest offers a diverse range of activities. Enjoy breezy summer days high in the mountains, explore pioneer villages, or get your heart pounding with an exciting mountain bike ride. Whether you're coming during the height of the busy summer season or searching for winter snow, an RV is the perfect way to camp comfortably just steps from your next adventure.