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Lincoln National Forest

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Address: Ruidoso, NM
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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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Beautiful

We drove thru the mountains. The peaks were covered in snow and there was still some snow on the ground in the forest. Beautiful, peaceful drive.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Dwight H
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Kerrville
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Kerrville
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35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove thru the mountains. The peaks were covered in snow and there was still some snow on the ground in the forest. Beautiful, peaceful drive.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great area just outside Cloudcroft for hiking and snowshoeing. Ungroomed cross country ski trails. Close to Coudcroft or easy drive from Ruidoso.

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Thank MidwifeABQ
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120 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We wanted to change it up a bit and do some snowshoeing but we're dissapointed to find the limited trails for xc skiing and shoeing. The areas are really sad looking... Dead trees. To be fair, we have snowshoed in some beautiful places like Lake Tahoe and the Rockies... so my opinion on this is probably fairly skewed.

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1 Thank Amber G
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59 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Even nicer when it snows. Very high and great view of the surrounding mountains. You can see for miles. It's just amazing the vast area you can cover up here. Lots of small stops along the path.

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1 Thank pparmen
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

On the way to Billy the Kid country. Lincoln Country is an historical and interesting area to visit. Would highly recommend if you like history.

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Salem, Oregon
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

Ruidoso is in the heart of the Lincoln National Forest and our go-to place for relaxation. The forest and mountains in the area provide beautiful views and a great place to get away from the hustle & bustle and view nature at its best. If you look past the areas scared by past fires their is abundant wildlife throughout the... More 

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Thank beckerzoo5
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37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

Drive along US70, spectacular views of the mountains and surrounding area. If you want a short drive with lots to see, then visit the national forest.

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Tucson, Arizona
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

Take the time to make a leisurely drive around 'Billy The Kid" loop. It's well worth it. The little town of Lincoln is a Must-See.

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Ruidoso, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

Lots of people don't imagine that there would be such a wonderful forest in the middle of New Mexico. But, once people visit they return and some actually move to the area.

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Ruidoso, New Mexico
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

We love the Clear, cool, tall pine trees and the crisp Mountain air so much we bought a cabin there, and enjoy it the 4-5 months that Texas is the hottest.

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