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The dry heat and mild winters of the southern United States, and New Mexico, can be an incredibly inviting atmosphere. More specifically, the desert areas leave some to revel at the sandy expanse, while others only see a barren and unbearable terrain. But, Taos, NM, is able to draw interest from those who love the wasteland riddled with cacti and tumbleweeds and those who favor a more sustainable environment.

Individuals looking to book a rental RV to Carson National Forest will have access to the forest and the surrounding area, which is rich in Spanish and Native American history. Book an RV in Taos County and head out on a fabulous outdoor adventure.

Spread over 1.5 million acres of mostly untouched New Mexican forest, Carson National Forest is a sight to behold. Find the highest available elevations here as well as ample ability to get outdoors. The forest is only one of five national forests found in New Mexico. So if you’re trying to check all five off during your camper rental trip, be sure to set a couple of days aside to explore the Carson National Forest expanse.

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Getting Outdoors

For those that are a visitor here at Carson National Forest, lace up those boots and set off into the forest. There’s an impressive 330 miles worth of trails, and if you’re knowledgeable enough to weed-whack, there’s even more. Only some of the trails are consistently maintained by volunteers, so be sure to double and triple-check which paths match your hiking ability. Pick up a trail guide at any of the Carson National Forest offices. Mountain biking, 4-wheeling, and horseback riding are also permitted.

This is a great getaway spot for winter-loving Carson National Forest campers. Once the snow is plentiful, get out there for some cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. The world-renowned ski resort, Taos Ski Valley, is also a short drive away. While it will without a doubt, be chilly, Taos might seem rather mild to RV rental travelers coming from the northeast or Canada. Just remember to pack your layers and anything else needed for some winter camping.

Now, you don’t need to be in the heart of Carson National Forest to enjoy it. There’s so much to see just from the outskirts. The wildlife here is aplenty. Big game weave throughout the trees and smaller birds and mammals require a keen eye to locate. Bringing along a pair of binoculars will give you a closer look without invading their space.

Where there’s a thriving forest, there must also be ample and healthy water sources. Carson National Forest has over 400 miles of clear, clean mountain streams, and numerous lakes. Fishing is permitted and swimming is allowed depending on the area. This post-card worthy place is a sight to behold.

Camping at Carson National Forest

Here at Carson National Forest, there are several established campgrounds and some backcountry options. Of their many campsites, only one is truly RV accessible. One is better than none! The Agua Piedra site is tucked away next to the Rio Pueblo and Agua Piedra Creek. Reservations are encouraged, as sites are limited. You can anticipate bathroom and shower facilities as well as water. It’s a peaceful atmosphere away from the ruckus of everyday life.

Should Carson National Forest be full or not up to your wants, there’s are plenty of other nearby options to park your rental RV overnight. The forest spans across quite a bit of space, so within Taos and neighboring Red River, there are several RV-friendly campgrounds. You’ll probably still have a view of the forest. Enjoy a slew of amenities depending on location.

Exploring the Area

Taos is a self-proclaimed art colony and place of convergence. History, culture, and art play a huge role in this town, making it a prime example of the Southwest experience. There are a handful of landmark sites known to draw crowds and very commonly photographed. Embark on a historic church tour or a self-guided walking tour of Taos. Museums are sprinkled here and there to offer further insight into the vibrant past of the area. Foodies will drool over the exciting, fresh New Mexican cuisine found right in town. When Carson National Forest campers can drag themselves out of the forest, they might have trouble returning with all that Taos has to offer.

The state’s capital sits an hour and a half south of Carson National Forest. The Pueblo-style architect is an immediate conversation of states and curiosity. Santa Fe is riddled with learning and excitement. There’s no city out there quite like it. Visit many historical sites and delve further into the Spanish and Native American history at the museums. Dine on delicious southern-inspired food; the local specialty is said to be enchiladas smothered in red and green chile.

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