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The Carson is one of five national forests in New Mexico, four of which are in the Grand Circle.  The highest mountain in New Mexico, Wheeler Peak at 13,161 feet, is in the Carson, just north of Taos.  Great downhill skiing is available in the Carson, at the Taos Ski Valley.

Some of the finest mountain scenery in the Southwest is found in the 1.5 million acres covered by the Carson National Forest. Elevations rise from 6,000 feet to 13,161 feet at Wheeler Peak, the highest in New Mexico.

The Carson National Forest offers unlimited recreational opportunities in any season. The magnificent mountain scenery and cool summer temperatures lure vacationers to enjoy the peace and quiet, for fishing, hunting, camping, and hiking. Winter activities include skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.