DescriptionIn north central New Mexico, Carson National Forest encompasses 1,500,000 acres. Its scenic and recreational focus is in the districts that encompass the Sangre de Cristo and the San Juan mountains flanking the upper Rio Grande Valley.
The Wheeler Peak, Latir Peak, Cruces Basin and Pecos wilderness areas preserve the region's pristine beauty. The Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway is an 84-mile drive offering panoramic views of the southern Rocky Mountains, including Wheeler Peak. It loops from Taos east to Eagle Nest, then north to Questa via SR 38, and south on SR 522 back to Taos.
The curved cliff side of Echo Amphitheater, 9 miles south of Canjilon on US 84, is a prime spot for photography. Summer and winter recreation is available. Trails for bicycling, hiking, horseback riding, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing traverse the forest.
For further information contact Carson National Forest, 208 Cruz Alta Rd., Taos, NM 87571; phone (575) 758-6200.