There's truly no better feeling than being rewarded after a long hike with the most incredible views. If you're looking for a place to explore outdoors that involves only you and nature, we have just the spot. Carson National Forest in New Mexico has plenty of trails to choose from ranging from easy to hard, but one leads you to a place that's unlike anything you've ever seen before!

Carson National Forest in Vadito, New Mexico is one of five national forests in all of New Mexico.

Just over two hours from Albuquerque is a well-known gem with many, many hidden ones.

Here, you can enjoy hiking, hunting, camping, and fishing during almost any season, hot or cold. Though, some facilities may be closed due to COVID-19 concerns.

No matter what season you decide to visit during, you can never go wrong with hiking. One trail, the Trampas Lakes Trail, will take you on a decent hike up mountains and in front of the most bodies of water you've ever laid your eyes on.

Trails at Carson National Forest are remaining open to the public for those who'd like to escape cabin fever and explore the great outdoors.

Trampas Lake, here we come!

The destination at the top of the moderately difficult trail is the perfect spot to sit back and spend hours gazing at nature's beauty.

To find it, trail guides are typically available at any Carson office. While offices are closed, you can check out the site map to easily navigate your way around the forest.

As is the case with most national forests, pictures don't do it justice!

You'll have to see for yourselves just how magical this spot within Carson really is, so you better start planning.

Trampas Lakes at Carson National Forest

Price: Free

Address: NM-75, Vadito, NM

Why You Need To Go: Isolation won't feel like a bad thing once you take in the gorgeous views that Carson National Forest has to offer.

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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