Visit to New Mexico


New Mexico has almost 13,000,000 acres of BLM (Bureau of Land i Management) or public domain lands, consisting I of a great many parcels of land of all sizes. Included are many mountain ranges, a portion of the Continental Divide, and a section of the Rio Grande, which has National Wild and Scenic River status.

There are two designated Wilderness Areas on BLM lands in northwest New Mexico, and scattered around the state are a number of Wilderness Study Areas, which are currently under consideration for wilderness status.

Access to some of the BLM areas is difficult, roads are not always in good condition, and printed information is available for relatively few of the individual locations.

Activities: Hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, and other activities are permitted on most BLM lands. There are few established trails, however, so most travel must be cross-country.

Camping Regulations: Camping is freely allowed on these lands without a permit, as are campfires, except for a few areas where restricted or prohibited.

For Further Information: Bureau of Land Management, P.O. Box 27115, Sante Fe, NM 87502; (505)988-6000.

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