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Goose Lake Trail

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Carson National Forest, Questa Ranger District, Goose Creek Trail, Goose Lake, Red River, Gold Hill Trail

Last Known StatusOpen

This 4x4 road is a little over seven miles long each way and eventually ends at Goose Lake. This trail starts out fairly smooth and easy but becomes more rugged and difficult as you get closer to the lake.

Goose Lake has an outhouse and a few primitive campsites (tent only). Fishing is permitted but a New Mexico fishing license is required. During the winter months this trail can be impassable but is open to cross country skiers and snowshoeing. Snowmobiles are not permitted.

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Permit RequiredYesNM OHV Permit
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedYesResidents of any state without an OHV registration program must purchase a Nonresident OHV Use Permit. (AK, AL, FL, GA, HI, IL, KS, KY, MS, NC, NE, OK, SC, SD, TN, VA, WV)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedriders must stay on trail
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityRed River, NM
AddressGoose Lake Road, Red River, NM 87558
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Taos, NM
1) Take NM-522 North about 37 miles
2) Turn right (east) onto NM-38, continue 12.5 miles toward the town of Red River
3) Veer right onto Main Street, continue .7 miles
4) Trail is located on the west side of road.


Contact InfoCarson National Forest - Questa Ranger District
P.O. Box 110
Questa, NM 87556
(575) 586-0520
Contact InfoNew Mexico Game And Fish
1 Wildlife Way
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 476-8000
(888) 248-6866
CommentOHV Permit Info


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Goose Lake Trail

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Approx Size10,000 acres (16 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail14
Climate TypeForest
Elevation8800 to 11800 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly MaintainedRoute is marked with blazes on the trees.
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has some water crossings.Some
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis national forest has mostly roads.Mostly
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some



Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (N)Red River Pumps (575) 754-3284
Diesel DieselRed River, NM
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (N)Roadrunner Campground (575) 754-2286
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (N)Roadrunner Campground (575) 754-2286
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (N)Roadrunner Campground (575) 754-2286
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (N)Junebug Campground (575) 586-0520
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (N)Der Food Market (575) 754-2974
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