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New Mexico National Forests and Parks



Aztec Ruins National Monument
Bandelier National Monument
Capulin Volcano National Monument
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Carson National Forest
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Cibola National Forest
El Malpais National Monument
El Morro National Monument
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
Gila National Forest
Lincoln National Forest
Pecos National Historical Park
Petroglyph National Monument
Santa Fe National Forest
Santa Fe National Historic Trail
Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
White Sands National Monument

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Description - New Mexico has 5 National Forests encompassing a great diversity of landscapes and recreational opportunities. These Forests are the Carson, Cibola, Gila, Lincoln, and Santa Fe.

There are 13 National Parks sites in the state.

Attractions - Many of the forests and parks have historical/archeological interest while the landscape and its features are the focus of others. Terrain ranges from low deserts, to high alpine meadows, and lush riparian zones.

Recreation - Camping, hiking, biking, hunting and a wide variety of outdoor experience is available in the diverse New Mexico landscape.

Climate - This southwestern state is well known for its arid climate. Most areas experience cool winter weather, due to the general high elevation of the region. The southern areas of the state normally don't see much snow in winter and experience very warm summers. The northern regions and higher elevations can see heavy snow accumulate during the winter and many mountain passes are not maintained. The higher elevations offer much cooler summer temperatures and relief from the heat of the lower elevations.

Location - National Forests and Park sites are located throughout the state. Maps and directions are available on the wildernet.com pages describing each forest or park.


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Report: My son and I hiked to the summit of Sandia starting at the trail head in Tijaras Canyon. We stared with very little knowlege of the area and no experience at these altitudes. Because we didn't know what to expect we each carried an 80lb pack to be prepared for any situation. We made this trip in May. We had beautiful weather but suffered from too much weight and not enough water. We were fortunate to find one stream with good, cold water. By the time we found the stream we had run out of water. Each of us were carring 1.5 gallons. The trip took 2.5 days and was a great experience. My daughter and her best friend did this same trip one year later and ran into a bear, mountain lion and witnessed the mountain lion hunting sheep with no success. Besides the bear, which never bothered them, they had a great time as well. They also agreed to make more room for water and less food\supplies.


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New Mexico - This state's public lands consist mainly of BLM lands and National Forests. A few National Park Service sites complete the landscape of desert, forest and canyon.

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