- Spring, summer and fall
- Best Areas
- Major access points to the wilderness include: • Three Rivers Campground on the west side via Three Rivers Trail #44 • Ski Apache ski area on the southeast side via Lookout Trail #78 and Scenic Trail #15 • South Fork Campground via South Fork Trail #19 • Argentina Canyon via Big Bonito Trail #36 • Nogal Canyon via Forest Service Road 108 • Crest Trailhead below Monjeau Lookout off Forest Road 117
Elk have a tendency to do most of their feeding in the early mornings and evenings.The best places to view the Elk heards is by hiking one of the numerous trails in the Smokey Bear Ranger District. Follow this link www.fs.usda.gov and click on hiking for a map of trails.