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Lincoln National Forest

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Address: Ruidoso, NM
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575-434-7200
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This vast 1.1 million-acre forest region is comprised of separate...

This vast 1.1 million-acre forest region is comprised of separate recreational sections including Ruidoso Valley, Cloudcroft and Carlsbad, which are all located throughout the southern Rocky Mountains of New Mexico.

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A Green Oasis for Texans

It's best to visit this area when there has been plenty of (recent) rain. Right now (early April) there is plenty of snow run-off, but the forests could sure use rain. I think the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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San Antonio, TX
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San Antonio, TX
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's best to visit this area when there has been plenty of (recent) rain. Right now (early April) there is plenty of snow run-off, but the forests could sure use rain. I think the fire danger is moderate, and rain is predicted for next week, but you can never tell. This is beautiful country which I have been visiting for... More 

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New Mexico
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a wonderful hike this was, Great views and the dogs loved it. Saw lots of Elk and Deer and the forest was beautiful.

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Waco, Texas
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed riding thru forest. Elk are enjoyable to watch. Wild game everywhere. nice trails to take you thru forest

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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

We stopped here in our drive up to Santa Fe and are very glad that we did. The Lincoln National Forest is huge and has great trails and views. We did a short trail since it was just by happenstance that were stopped here. But in the hour or so so, we saw lots of wildlife, flora and fauna and... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

We loved hiking here! Lots of choices. We hiked Grindstone Lake which is beautiful & has choices for all levels. It's fun for fishing & picnics too! We also hiked the Cedar Creek Trails which near the Smokey the Bear Station. Both close to Taos & easy to find. We had a great time. Be sure to bring water &... More 

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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

Drove through on a recent trip. Didn't spend a lot of time in the forest, but time we did was nice. Lots of wildlife.

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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

We hiked the cedar creek trail and had a great time. It was quite challenging due to the incline but the wildlife and scenery made the uphill climb worth it. We saw lots of deer, an owl, and we also saw what we thought could have been a bear's den. Our 8 and 12 year old got pretty tired on... More 

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Cloudcroft, New Mexico
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Lots of places to park your RV for free (some parks have restrooms, but lots of other off the road places in beautiful areas.

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El Paso
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Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

The temperature was a pleasant 70F today, unseasonably warm. No snow. In fact, it was very dry and dusty. The creek was flowing, but only a trickle compared to spring and summer. The picnic area was open, but every restroom was locked. We had to leave to gind a restroom.

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El Paso, Texas
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Reviewed 1 March 2017

I may be a little biased because I have a place in the Lincoln Natl. Forest, but it truly is the most beautiful forest in New Mexico besides the Gila of course. With almost a 12,00 ft mountain near Ruidoso, and the Rio Ruidoso river and Cloudcroft area.

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