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The Sabinoso Wilderness is located in San Miguel County, New Mexico. The semi-arid wilderness includes few natural resources but has a diverse geology, as well as a range of plant and animal species.
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Sabinoso Wilderness https://www.blm.gov/visit/sabinoso-wilderness-area https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabinoso_Wilderness The Sabinoso Wilderness is located in San Miguel County, New Mexico. The semi-arid wilderness includes few natural resources but has a diverse geology, as well as a range of plant and animal species.
Welcome to Sabinoso Wilderness It was… sufficiently deep to excite our admiration, and impress us with an idea of the wonderful effect of running water. The rock had been furrowed to a depth of 250 feet, nearly perpendicular, and the craggy sides were every where covered with cedars and pines that had caught root in the crevices. At the foot, and between the two precipices, lay a smiling valley, covered with a luxuriant growth of fresh grass, through which, in silent beauty, the stream would its way from bluff to bluff. A detached rock started a deer, and as he bounded from his covert, broke in upon the dream in which I was indulging on the unbroken solitude of the scene before me. August 28, 1845, Abert Expedition to the Southwest. [An early description of Largo Canyon within Sabinoso Wilderness] Public access to the Sabinoso Wilderness is possible by a generous donation of land and access routes from The Wilderness Land Trust. Within the nearly 20,000 acre wilderness, you will find Largo Canyon, with its perennial stream that feeds into the Canadian River, a lush stream-side bosque, challenging cliffs and uplands, and a history that goes back to time immemorial. The canyon has been home to ancestral Pueblo peoples as well as nomadic hunters and gatherers. More recently, it served as a wagon route for the 19th century U.S. Army, as a trade route to the Plains, and as the site of small homesteads that supported modest sheep and cattle operations. In the late 20th century, it has served as a gentleman’s cattle ranch; you may see signs of the old sheep and cattle trails from the canyon up the cliffs to the uplands during your visit. How to get there: The Sabinoso Wilderness is accessible to the public only from the west approach, past Trujillo, New Mexico. Directions to the parking area and trailhead: From I25, take exit 345 on to NM104 heading east. Travel 32.7 miles east to Trujillo, NM. (Pavement ends here, high clearance or four wheel drive vehicles recommended beyond this point) Turn left on to San Miguel County Road C51A at Trujillo and continue to drive east for approximately 7 miles. At the Y intersection, follow BLM directional signs to the left and head north for 3 miles on the lightly maintained route to the Sabinoso Wilderness parking area. • • • • • • This road is not passable when wet. Leave gates as you find them. Please respect private and state lands and roads adjacent to and within the Sabinoso Wilderness. Pedestrian and equestrian access only beyond the parking area. No motorized or mechanized vehicles, including bicycles, are allowed on the public lands within the Sabinoso Wilderness. For more information, visit the BLM’s Sabinoso website at: https://www.blm.gov/programs/nationalconservation-lands/new-mexico/sabinoso-wilderness Be prepared: Plan ahead and prepare for your visit. Let someone know of your plans and consider the weather. Bring plenty of food and water. The nearest hospital, hotel, grocery store, and emergency first responders are found in Las Vegas, New Mexico, some 45 miles away. There is no cell phone service within the canyon. While primitive camping is permitted within the Wilderness, there are no developed campgrounds and no visitor facilities. Camping on durable surfaces and away from riparian areas will help protect this Wilderness. Leave what you find for others to discover. Leave no trace of your visit. Hunting: The Sabinoso Wilderness sits within New Mexico’s Game Management Unit 42. Please respect all rules and regulations regarding hunting in the area. For more information, visit the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish website at www.wildlife.state.nm.us
Alien Run Mountain Bike Trails NORTHWEST NEW MEXICO The 7,242-acre wilderness is in a badland area of rolling, water-carved clay hills. The area, rich in fossils, has yielded numerous specimens important to science. Alien Run Mountain Bike Trails Ojito Wilderness Alien Run consists of three looped mountain bike trails that cover more than 26 miles. The original loop and the Outer Limits Trail encircle a rumored UFO crash site. The trail features swooping flow trail, rim riding, slickrock sections, and tight turns through the piñon-juniper woodland. The Alien Run Outer Limits extension features rocky climbs and plunging downhills. The trail is known for including one of the largest selections of slickrock in New Mexico. Deep, meandering arroyos offer miles of terrain in which to wander amid canyons, cliffs, and some colorful geological formations. Summer monsoon rains often provide just enough rain to make this area flourish with blooming desert plants. Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness Angel Peak Scenic Area Within this 10,000-acre area rises the scenic Angel Peak, at nearly 7,000 feet. A short nature trail leads to an overlook of blue and gray shale badlands formed from floodplains of ancient rivers. Angel Peak has three picnic areas with ADA accessible toilets. The campground has nine sites available for tent camping. There are ADA accessible restrooms. No drinking water or electrical hookups are available. Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness A favorite with photographers for its hoodoo formations, the wilderness is a remote, desolate area of steeply eroded and colorful badlands. Time and natural elements have created strange rock formations here and some of the most extraordinary scenery in New Mexico. Dunes Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area More than 800 acres are available for off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts in this sand dune area. Glade Run Recreation Area The Glade Run Recreation Area offers many miles of motorized and nonmotorized trails through piñon-juniper woodland with sandstone bluffs, sandy arroyos, and badlands. Jeeps, utility-type vehicles (UTVs), all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), dirt bikes, mountain bikes, equestrians, and hikers will all find a place to play. Ten designated campsites are available at the Brown Springs Campground, which has shelters, picnic tables, campfire rings, two vault toilets, a group shelter with large grill, and a tot lot track for kids on dirt bikes or ATVs. Designated and dispersed camping in the recreation area requires a free permit from the BLM. The recreation area is known for its national class rock crawling, having hosted the Grand Nationals Rock Crawling Championships for many years. The oldest continuously held mountain bike race in the United States, the Road Apple Rally, also takes place here. Details are available in site descriptions or on the map side charts. Bring plenty of water for you and your pet. Many BLM sites do not offer facilities or drinking water. NM Statewide Recreation Brochure BLM/NM/GI-19/006+8000 Looking for a map, book, permit, or recommendation to explore your public lands? Visit the Public Lands Information Center at the BLM’s New Mexico State Office; 301 Dinosaur Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87508. Call (505) 954-2002 or (877) 276-9404 (toll free), or visit www.publiclands.org. Head Canyon Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area Follow us on: www.facebook.com/blmnewmexico www.facebook.com/blmlascruces www.youtube.com/blmnewmexico www.flickr.com/photos/blmnewmexico www.twitter.com/blmnewmexico Bureau of Land Management BLM New Mexico State Office 301 Dinosaur Trail Santa Fe, NM 87508 (505) 954-2000 www.blm.gov/new-mexico/recreation In the “Land of Enchantment,” the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oversees outdoor recreation and many other activities on more than 13 million acres of public land. New Mexico’s public lands are diverse, encompassing high deserts, rugged lava flows, badlands, deep canyons, wild and scenic rivers, wilderness, and other distinctive landscapes. The majority of BLM-managed public land is open for recreational use, and opportunities abound for hiking, hunting, fishing, camping, horseback riding, off-roading, and other activities. The BLM also manages National Conservation Lands (NCLs), public lands with exceptional qualities. These special areas are managed to conserve and protect nationally significant landscapes recognized for their outstanding cultural, ecological, and scientific values. They also contain some of New Mexico’s most spectacular landscapes. New Mexico’s NCL units include four national monuments; two national conservation areas; three national scenic and historic trails; two wild and scenic rivers; 18 wilderness areas; and 47 wilderness study areas (WSAs). Those WSAs with legal public access are listed at the end of each mapback section. WSAs are places that are characterized by “naturalness” and that Congress is considering designating and protecting as wilderness—places that offer outstanding opportuni