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“Beautiful & Majestic”

Lincoln National Forest
Ranked #1 of 32 things to do in Ruidoso
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This vast 1.1 million-acre forest region is comprised of separate recreational sections including Ruidoso Valley, Cloudcroft and Carlsbad, which are all located throughout the southern Rocky Mountains of New Mexico.
Reviewed 28 July 2014

My husband and I hiked through the forest near Bonita Lake. We took the Argentina Trail, cut across, Little Bonita Trail and Big Bonita Trail! It was absolutely beautfiul! Took us about 4 hours because we were admiring the beauty! If you like to hike, but don't do it much, this was more of a moderate difficulty type trail vs. beginner. There is a lot of steep inclines and steep declines down, but we had SOOOOO much fun and would definitely do it again! A lot of people bring their horses out there, we ran into a few and it was really neat to see! Absolutely gorgeous views up there on those mountains! We even saw a horned toad lizard! Those are almost extinct in that area due to the big fire in June 2012.

2  Thank Heather C
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

I first visited the Monjeau Lookout 20 years ago, I am still wowed by the amazing views of the mountains and trees. My husband and I wanted to return to this site and take our daughters to see this incredible view. Although several websites said the Monjeau Lookout was closed due to fire, it was not. It was very sad to see the thousands of trees that had been destroyed or damaged by the forest fire two years ago, but the view from the top remains incredible. There is a camping area about half way up that has parking, a lookout area and restrooms but they are old fashioned outhouses so be prepared. The drive up to the lookout is very steep and seemed much further than I had remembered it. The info on the US Forest Service website lists the elevation as 9,500 feet, and notes it was added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1988. The walk up the stairs to the Monjeau Lookout is very steep and not for anyone with physical challenges, but is a must see if you are ever in the area. There is another bathroom/outhouse at the Lookout as well. Note**wear good tennis shoes for the hike to the top of the lookout & bring water with you. None of us are hikers or campers, you can drive up to the top of the mountain, park at the base of the lookout and climb the stairs to the tower as we did, or enjoy the view from the base of the lookout, it doesn't have to be an all day hiking adventure!

13  Thank RyliesMimi2014
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

I love Lincoln National Forest. It's a great place to hike and get alone with your thoughts and say "Thank You" for the forest. It is a privilege to live in the mountains and enjoy Lincoln National Forest. There are also places to camp and ride horses. Plus, you can have a picnic for the day. An enjoyable time for families and friends.

3  Thank TJO47185
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

If you want to get away from the desert and its suffocating air, go for a hike into this forest ! Fresh air of the mountain, see wildlife, trees. Purely refreshing.

2  Thank Quentin B
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

This National forest is well maintained and just a wonderful place to visit. It is a visitor friendly enviroment.

1  Thank Rich6666
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