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Backpacking in Smokey Bear Ranger District

We parked at Argentina Canyon camping area and backpacked up into the mountains. The parking... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Beautiful scenery

This Forest is beautiful and filled with various wildlife. Great for hiking! If you are looking for... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Clovis, New Mexico
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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.
Ruidoso, NM
+1 575-434-7200
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We parked at Argentina Canyon camping area and backpacked up into the mountains. The parking lot/camping area had pit toilets, a water pump, and bear proof trash cans. The drive back is rough dirt, but we made it back in a small passenger car, only...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This Forest is beautiful and filled with various wildlife. Great for hiking! If you are looking for a serene place to visit, go to Ruidoso and check out the Lincoln National Forest!

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Reviewed October 30, 2018

We had a great time hiking and bird watching this large forest. Historically significant, so read up on it.

Thank Mickey6448
Reviewed October 26, 2018 via mobile

This is a beautiful place to visit! Many scenic views and day trips from Ruidoso NM. Also historical cities to visit.

1  Thank Sue D
Reviewed October 24, 2018

Visit the home of Smokey Bear, a great place to educate the younger generation and teach the the importance of conservation and the dangers of fire in the forest. The township of Lincoln is very cozy, great place to see a little history of Billy...More

3  Thank usmcpride
Reviewed October 23, 2018

If you want to hike within a low elevation area, there are several trails that are relatively flat incline that go about 4 miles but you still feel like you are deep in the mountains. There are many trails that have parts of rocky or...More

Thank TXRen
Reviewed October 8, 2018

We just left and I am already planning my next trip to Lincoln National Forest (LNF). I was a little worried about the first-come first-serve policy at the LNF campground, so we had tried to find a tent-friendly campground, but we had troubles finding one,...More

Thank GaryK652
Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

During our stay in Ruidoso NM we hiked the Salado Canyon Trail, Bridal Vail Falls Trail, Osha Trail, Eagle Creek Trail and Alto Reservoir Loop North Cedar Creek Trail. Great trails to experience and enjoy the outdoors.

Thank Jose M
Reviewed September 10, 2018

The drive up 244 (towards Cloudcroft) through the forest and Mesacalero Apache Reservation is very beautiful and relaxing. There are several nice camping and picnic spots in the last few miles before you get to Cloudcroft. Spring and Summer offer the best driving. Ice and...More

1  Thank William K
Reviewed August 2, 2018 via mobile

Great hiking with ample parking! Beautiful scenery. We went the first day of our vacation and plan to go back each day for hiking

1  Thank Wendy S
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Response from Mickey6448 | Reviewed this property |
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December 1, 2017|
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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Response from CinthyaG8 | 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.