Lincoln National Forest, named after President Abraham Lincoln and established in 1902, is comprised of more than one million acres spanning four counties and four different mountain ranges. Condotel offers a wide variety of Ruidoso cabins and condos near this popular wilderness area. You can escape into the forest during the day and retire to private lodging with showers, hot tubs, fireplaces, and grills in the evening.
With elevations ranging from 4,000 to 11,000 feet, the national forest consists of sprawling mountain peaks, wide swaths of desert, and sub-alpine forests. Also famous as the original home of Smokey Bear, the iconic mascot of the forest fire prevention campaign, Lincoln National Park is one of the most popular wilderness recreation destinations in New Mexico.
The size and diversity of Lincoln National Forest makes it a great escape for outdoor lovers of all ages and abilities. Hikers will find dozens of trails to explore, from long and difficult excursions to short and easy day hikes. Caving, hunting (in season), and horseback riding are also permitted in the forest, but all require permits. Local stables offer guided tours on horseback.
For winter adventurers, cross country skis and snowshoes are a favorite means of exploring the wilderness of Lincoln National Forest. For those who prefer a slower pace, a scenic driving tour and picnic lunch might be the ideal day trip. For more information, view the official US Forest Service Site for Lincoln National Forest.