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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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A Beautiful Forest

Lincoln National Forest is a great place to retreat from the hustle and bustle of life. Plenty of trails are available for hiking. The forest is not as large as other forest but... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
sherryandgarryh
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Bedford, Texas
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Bedford, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Lincoln National Forest is a great place to retreat from the hustle and bustle of life. Plenty of trails are available for hiking. The forest is not as large as other forest but offers those serene areas to let you relax and enjoy nature. Wildlife sighting are not unusual.

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Ruidoso, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Really enjoyed the scenery at this magnificent mountain area. Hiking trails are well defined and provide an opportunity to take great pictures. If you enjoy the outdoors this is a must-see area.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We hiked several trails over the course of a week, taking in the scenery, breathing in the fresh air, and looking for geocaches. There's very little to complain about - being in nature is a very contemplative thing - and we enjoyed it immensely.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great for serenity & solitude. Have hiked and biked Rim Trail. Watch for snow in fall. This trip we hiked 113/5008. Had the forest to ourselves.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This forest is very large. Stop by the forest station in Ruidoso to pick up a map of hiking, biking and horse riding trails. They also have a nice exhibit of local birds for you to see as well as books and t-shirts for kids on smokey the bear. Next to the station in town is a park with a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

Arriving in Ruidoso October 8, we have hiked three different trails in Lincoln National Forest and thoroughly enjoyed them. The weather has been wonderful, warm and sunny with cool nights. We have watched the trees go from green to yellow, orange, brown and red. Now it is raining leaves when the wind blows....so nice. Plus we witnessed the Super moon... More 

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El Paso, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

This is such a serene place with many rivers to enjoy. You can go camping and experience the deer coming into your camp as if to greet you. It is such a beautiful and colorful place. You can truly become one with nature. You can go fishing at many of its lakes and enjoy a fresh fish fry dinner. Tell... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

These were very nice cabins that were not real cabins but connected together like a hotel but everyone was so nice and the price and location were great and so were the owners. They gave us an upgrade and no rate change. Excellent.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016 via mobile

This area is just beautiful. We took our jeep and drove some of the trails. You can also enjoy the area by hiking or with an off the road vehicle. I highly recommend checking the area out!

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El Paso, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

I have been to Ruidoso,NM many times over the years and ended up buying a cabin 6 years ago. I have always wanted to take a drive up to Monjeau Lookout which is only 20 minute drive from my place. I wish I would have drove up there before the Little Bear fire a few years ago. It must have... More 

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