USDA Forest Service
1 hour, 21 minutes
Campgrounds, recreation areas, hiking trails, ORV trails, visitor centers and ranger stations.
Being in a different state makes the San Isabel National Forest feel farther away than it really is. In reality it would be perfectly reasonable to visit, climb a mountain, and return to Raton in a single day. In particular, the Spanish Peaks and Cuchara areas of the forest are within easy day-tour distance.
Hiking Opportunities: Yes, too numerous to list. Alpine meadows, historic sites and ghost towns, long-distance backpacking, nature trails, wilderness exploring. Rock canyons, mountain tops over 14,000 feet tall, streams and lakes...
Paddling Opportunities: Yes, many lakes. See the National Forest maps and brochures for more information.
Camping Opportunities: Yes. There are many designated campgrounds in the San Isabel National Forest. No-trace backcountry camping is not only allowed but encouraged.
More Information: Official Forest Service website. Order and download maps, check fire restrictions and possible road closures, contact information for the various districts. Link