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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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What a beautiful drive with wildlife

Loved every second of the drive. Saw deer and a huge 6 x 6 bull elk right about sunset. Absolutely stunning.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2012
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Wichita Falls, Texas, United States
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Wichita Falls, Texas, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

Loved every second of the drive. Saw deer and a huge 6 x 6 bull elk right about sunset. Absolutely stunning.

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Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

Our family of small kids and a stroller enjoyed the shady trail. We also drove to the back of the Lincoln Forest road and found an easy trail to hike. It was beautiful and kids loved it (carried baby on this one).

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Ada, Oklahoma
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

They said in the past days they had forrest fires. Couldn't tell. Amazing and beautiful. I would go back again. Looked like everyday there were more and more hikers.

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Austin, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Due to the nationally-publicized "Little Bear" fire, much of the Lincoln National Forest is closed. (200+ homes burned down.)

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Ruidoso, New Mexico
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

The Forest Service closed the best biking trails for the whole summer..go figure! How stupid

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San Diego
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

This forest has a variet of trails, several with significant elevation climbs, providing magnificent views. The weather can change quickly from sunny to clouds so be prepared with warm gear in your pack. The maps at the forest service are helpful. The access roads are mostly gravel and a durable vehicle helps in getting to the trail heads, not your... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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7 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

Forest service in town has great maps. Trails are very well marked and scenery is spectacular.

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Taos, New Mexico
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

There are numerous hiking trails, with little streams running through. But please, be aware of how dry the environment is! A forest fire can start by a car driving over, or idling near dry grass. This summer is predicted as being a 'perfect storm' for wild fires. The forest will close if conditions get too dry. The best times to... More 

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Roswell, New Mexico
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

Lincoln National Forest is a hiker's dream. The trails are very well maintained. No matter whether you are a novice or an experienced hiker, you will always discover beautuful country with streams, pines, and aspens. The Bonito Trail is an easy hike, while Argentina Canyon is a moderate hike with lots of diversity. The Turkey trail is a bit tougher... More 

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Ruidoso, New Mexico, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

not only can you look out your door and be surrounded by beauty, but if you do decide to visit the forest you can take a short drive for a very nice hike to various places surrounding ruidoso. be sure to check out monjeau lookout. beautiful drive beautiful views

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