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Lincoln National Forest

Ruidoso, NM
+1 575-434-7200
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The mountains are calling, I must go.

Always a good time in the White Mountain Wildlife area. You can find yourself miles from anyone or... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
MICHAEL M
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LANCASTER
Its Hugh!

We love exploring the Lincoln National Forest, whether it's riding the motorcycle through on one of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
kcourtney52
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Kyle, Texas
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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.
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“ranger station” (12 reviews)
“cedar creek” (7 reviews)
“great hiking” (13 reviews)
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Ruidoso, NM
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"ranger station"
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"cedar creek"
in 7 reviews
"great hiking"
in 13 reviews
"smokey bear"
in 7 reviews
"fresh air"
in 8 reviews
"get away"
in 10 reviews
"gorgeous scenery"
in 5 reviews
"fitness trail"
in 3 reviews
"beautiful drive"
in 9 reviews
"mule deer"
in 4 reviews
"new mexico"
in 16 reviews
"enjoy nature"
in 4 reviews
"great place to hike"
in 3 reviews
"bring water"
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"outdoor activities"
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"sierra blanca"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Always a good time in the White Mountain Wildlife area. You can find yourself miles from anyone or be in the hub of the nearest town.

Thank MICHAEL M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We love exploring the Lincoln National Forest, whether it's riding the motorcycle through on one of the forest roads or hiking on one of the trails. It's beautiful!

Thank kcourtney52
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great place to go hiking in the Spring time. There are marked trails. Also, there is a fitness trail just beside the Smokey Bear Ranger Station for a quick run or walk.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Antelope, deer, wild turkey, elk, and bear signs posted but never saw one. Camping in remote sites filled me with awe at the views. Rained about 20 minutes and passed, seeing clouds below us was strange. Home of Smokey the Bear if you know that...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Tons of hiking trails are available for all levels of experience. Also enjoy the Smokey the Bear museum and grave site. A guide will give the entire story. Kids will enjoy this also. There are nearby places to eat and an Old Town to visit.

Thank elizabeth s
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Reviewed May 12, 2018

The Lincoln National Forest offers a wide variety of hikes for all types of hikers. Make sure you stop at the ranger station just outside Ruidoso to pick up a free trail map and get some advice from knowledgeable rangers. Many trails are off-limits due...More

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Reviewed May 7, 2018

Stayed a week in Ruidoso while visiting numerous national parks and monuments in southeast New Mexico. There is so much to see and do here! Drove all around through the various districts of the Lincoln National Forest. Hiked to the summit of Lookout Mountain--a great...More

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Reviewed April 10, 2018

We hiked around the Grist Stone Mill Lake and on the Cedar hiking trail....both nice short hikes. Looking forward to another trip down here.

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Reviewed March 23, 2018

A fair selection of trail types; wooded, steep, open. You can find just about anything you want and the weather will be friendly in most seasons, at least somewhere in the boundaries. Interesting towns nearby, plenty of camping too.

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Reviewed February 28, 2018

I always enjoyed the forrest area and creeks running down from mountain and frsh smile of pine trees

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Edgar G
December 1, 2017|
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Response from hbdanvers | Reviewed this property |
We were in Cloudcroft October 31, 2017. We had lunch at The Lodge. About 2:00 p.m. we went down to Ruidoso via the Mescalera reservation to U. s. Hwy 70. We were in Ruidoso about a week. We stayed in the private... More
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mommy12107
October 17, 2017|
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Response from Cinthya G | Reviewed this property |
It is in the Lincoln National Forest but, Ski Apache is a Mescalero-Apache owned resort. If Ruidoso has a good winter with snow, the mountain offers skiing. I'm sure they offer kiddy slopes.
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Misti M
August 2, 2017|
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Response from Diana A | Reviewed this property |
My friend took us to Grindstone Lake and it was very pretty. A nice hike around the lake. The hike did not seem far but we did walk a while and got a good work out. Take the children I am sure they would like it.
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