Bureau of Land Management Sites in New Mexico

Fossilized footprint from Prehistoric Trackways National Monument
Dinosaur track from Prehistoric
Trackways National Monument

In the list of BLM sites below you will find Wilderness Areas and Wilderness Study Areas. For the most part, Wilderness Areas and Wilderness Study Areas forbid access by all motorized or mechanized vehicles (including mountain bikes and hang gliders). That's because they are areas that retain an essential primeval character and are mostly undisturbed by the actions of modern man. Wilderness Study Areas have been determined to meet the basic criteria for designation as Wilderness Areas but Congress has yet to take action on formally making that designation. The Bureau of Land Management manages 4 designated Wilderness Areas and 59 Wilderness Study Areas in New Mexico.

There are quite a few BLM sites in New Mexico that are primarily for Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) use. OHVs include dirt bikes, ATVs, rock crawlers, some motorcycles, etc. In New Mexico, that means if you aren't somehow exempted by the New Mexico Department of Motor Vehicles, your vehicle must be registered and carry a license plate on it. Drivers must also have a valid driver's license or learner's permit, or be directly under the supervision of a licensed person at least 18 years old, or be certified by the state as being competent to drive OHVs as a result of passing a state approved operator's training program.

Anyone between the ages of 13 and 69 needs to have a Habitat Improvement Stamp in order to fish on BLM lands in New Mexico.

A view of the volcanic plug named Cabezon Peak in the Cabezon Peak Wilderness Study Area
Cabezon Peak

Bureau of Land Management Sites in New Mexico

Looking across the desert to the buttes and volcanic plugs of Ignacio Chavez Special Management Area
Ignacio Chavez Special Management Area

Wilderness & Wilderness Study Areas

Aden Lava Flow Wilderness
Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness
Alamo Hueco Mountains WSA
Antelope WSA
Apache Box WSA
Big Hatchet Mountains WSA
Blue Creek WSA
Broad Canyon Wilderness
Brokeoff Mountains WSA
Cabezon WSA
Canyons WSA
Carrizozo Lava Flow WSA
Cedar Mountains WSA
Chain of Craters WSA
Chamisa WSA
Cinder Cone Wilderness
Continental Divide WSA
Cooke's Range WSA
Cowboy Spring WSA
Culp Canyon WSA
Devil's Backbone WSA
Devil's Den Canyon WSA
Devil's Reach WSA
Eagle Peak WSA
East Potrillo Mountains Wilderness
El Malpais WSA
Empedrado WSA
Florida Mountains WSA
Gila Lower Box WSA
Gray Peak WSA
Guadalupe Canyon WSA
Horse Mountain WSA
Hoverrocker WSA
Ignacio Chavez WSA
Jornada del Muerto WSA
La Leña WSA
Little Black Peak WSA
Lonesome Ridge WSA
Manzano WSA
Mathers WSA
McKittrick Canyon WSA
Mesita Blanca WSA
Mount Riley Wilderness
Mudgetts WSA
Ojito WSA
Organ Mountains Wilderness
Peloncillo Mountains WSA
Petaca Pinta WSA
Potrillo Mountains Wilderness
Presilla WSA
Rio Chama WSA
Robledo Mountains Wilderness
San Antonio WSA
Sierra de las Cañas WSA
Sierra de Las Uvas Mountains Wilderness
Sierra Ladrones WSA
Stallion WSA
Veranito WSA
West Malpais Wilderness
Whitethorn Wilderness
The Rio Grande flows between lava cliffs at Orilla Verde National Recreation Area
Orilla Verde National Recreation Area
Some photos courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management
Some photos courtesy of TheArmchairExplorer, CCA-by-SA 4.0 License