What Is It? The Lincoln National Forest is home to the Sacramento, Guadalupe, and Capitan mountain ranges and covers over 1.1 million acres in southeastern New Mexico. The forest ranges in elevation from 4,000 to 11,500 and is in the Ruidoso area.
Why Do It? The forest is a lovely place for hiking, mountain biking, dirt bike riding, and camping. Within the forest, you can find camping in campgrounds, dispersed camping, group camping, and RV camping.
Good to Know: Some activities within the forest require reservations or permits. But overall, the forest is free to visit and allows dogs on leashes too.