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Lincoln National Forest

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Address: Ruidoso, NM
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife
Description: 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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Unexpected, amazing beauty

Our trip was in late February 2015, when the weather was still chilly. We hit the park around noon, and were amazed and confused by the pale trees in the fog: What kind of trees... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

Our trip was in late February 2015, when the weather was still chilly. We hit the park around noon, and were amazed and confused by the pale trees in the fog: What kind of trees are they? How come they are all white? We came out of the car and checked it out. It turned out that the trees were... More 

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Arlington, Texas
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129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

This trip to Lincoln National Forest we went in from close to Carrizozo, off Highway 54 and past the old RR town of Ancho. This part of the National Forest is high desert and extremely dry. Quite different than up in the trees at Ruidoso or Cloudcroft.

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Liberty Hill Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We hike in Ruidoso quite often and spend time in the national forest. The mountains, streams and views make it a great place to spend time while there.

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El Paso, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

It is very beautiful, very appealing. I fell in love with the environment. Its a must see, you can see far away... very nice

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Texas
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5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We have made many trips to the Lincoln National Forest, which was always a beautiful forest of tall pine, fir and spruce trees. In 2013, a big forest fire (caused by lightening) burned a huge amount of forest north and west of Ruidoso. It changed how the mountains and terrain looks in the area. It still has its own beauty,... More 

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Canada
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137 reviews 137 reviews
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96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Great walking opportunities . The camping is pretty good too. Also a good bet for a quiet picnic. Definitely worth a look.

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Texas, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We entered the forest from The Bottlehouse Cabins. We got to see a bit of the old silver mine. Very cool. Fun Park

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Austin, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Beautiful and clean. Well maintained and good signage along the route. Can't wait to go back and explore more.

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Caracas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

It's a great park with a lot of space to hike and some space to camp, and the location it's really near town.

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San Antonio, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Very different from a Texan park, however, clean, private, and amazing with snow. If you drive all the way to the back is fantastic, no place to seat but super worth it.

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