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.
- 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.
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.