Respect the Lands while Riding OHVs
Much of New Mexico is designated as public land and administered for multiple uses. With hundreds of miles of backcountry trails, off-highway vehicle use is permitted when it is done in a responsible and safe manner. And thanks to the New Mexico’s new Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Act, recreational pursuits have never been safer.
The Department encourages responsible use of our public lands, use that leaves the land healthy and unspoiled, that protects our traditional uses, custom and culture, wildlife and wildlife habitat, and allows for the continued enjoyment of these lands for our families and future generations. Please be considerate of the other users of our lands including ranchers and their livestock, wildlife, equestrians, hikers and mountain bikers. Use the proper equipment that will keep you and your children as safe as possible while riding. Please respect and obey the laws and rules that are put in place to protect New Mexico’s precious land and people, and that help preserve the customs and culture that are deeply woven into our state.
Johnson’s Hill (Gordy’s Hill) Area
The Johnson’s Hill Area near Socorro offers numerous roads and trails traversing deeply dissected canyons, high sandstone and limestone bluffs, terraces, and escarpments. Check with the Socorro BLM Field Office before visiting.
Over 800 acres of fun is waiting for off-road enthusiasts at the Dunes Vehicle Recreation Area south of Farmington. The off-highway vehicle area contains a wide variety of topography including large sand dunes, steep to gentle hillsides, and sandy arroyo bottoms. Innumerable roads and trails exist in the Dunes, created by nearly 40 years of off-road vehicle use. The diverse landscape attracts a variety of motorized activity and provides riders a place to play, test their endurance, and improve their skills.
Glade Run Recreation Area
A great spot for the weekend warrior, the Glade Run Recreation Area is comprised of 19,000 acres of sandy arroyos, slick rock and rolling terrain. Vegetation is sparse, primarily consisting of common grasses, rabbit brush, sagebrush, junipers, and piñon.
Over 55,000 acres of rolling stabilized dune lands and cliffs, the area is open for intensive use of motorcycles, sand dune buggies and other OHVs. Trails within the area take advantage of a variety of soils and topographic features, which include many turns and steep hill climbs. Routes go from shallow rocky, loamy soil on low hills to deep alluvial soils with sandy inclusions. The trails travel across small draws and along the bottom of deep arroyos. The area also includes a sand dune complex.
Haystack Mountain OHV Area
Perched on the rugged breaks overlooking the Pecos River, Haystack Mountain Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area offers 1,920 acres of trails to ride. From novices to experts, on bare rock and sandy washes, OHV enthusiasts can find terrain to fit their skill level. The terrain is extremely rugged, including such varied features as deep gullies with difficult hill climbs in and out of a scenic sandstone escarpment.
Mescalero Sands North Dune OHV Area
Over 610 acres of towering 90+ foot sand dunes await your enjoyment in the Mescalero Sands North Dune OHV Area. The dune field stretches over most of the area and lends itself well to all terrain cycles, sand rails and dune buggies. The dunes are made up of quartz particles and are constantly changing due to the prevailing southwest wind. When the dunes are active they move about a foot per year.
Robledo Mountains Off-Highway Vehicle Trail System
A network of trails, including both extreme OHV and mountain bike trails, in the southern Robledo Mountains. The trails are dominated by enormous rocks, making the terrain extraordinarily challenging for riders. The extreme OHV trails require specialized vehicles, with locking differentials, winches, and expert drivers. Vehicle damage is not uncommon on these very difficult OHV trails.