The Carson National Forest offers recreational opportunities in any season. The magnificent mountain scenery and cool summer temperatures lure vacationers to enjoy the peace and quiet for camping, horseback riding, pack trips, lake or stream trout fishing, and elk, deer, or turkey hunting. Winter activities include downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.
The Carson has thirty-nine campgrounds. For those who want to get away, the Carson provides opportunities for dispersed car camping and backcountry camping as well.
There are 330 miles of trails where opportunities abound for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and 4-wheel drive exploring.
Many summer hiking trails and forest roads become cross-country ski and snowmobile trails in winter. Trail guides are available at any Carson office. Some of the finest downhill skiing in the country is found at Taos Ski Valley, Red River and Sipapu Ski Areas. Angel Fire and Rio Costilla Ski Areas are located on nearby private lands.