Where to Ride
Places to Drive or Ride in New Mexico
New Mexico has lots of places to ride on federally managed land. Until recently, OHV-use in NM was largely un-managed by both the BLM and FS. That has changed. The Forest Services Travel Management Rule implementation is formally identifying trail systems on the five National Forests in New Mexico. To date, the Cibola, the Lincoln, the Santa Fe, and the Carson National Forests have issued Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM's) for all or portions of their Forests. The Gila National Forest has yet to issue a decision.
Click here for current MVUMs (many of these maps are geo-referenced for use on Android and GPS units) for all of the Forests in the Southwest Region (including New Mexico)
Until the remainder of the Motor Vehicle Use Maps are issued, here are links to the other roads/trails systems within the National Forests:
Cibola National Forest
Magdalena RD Existing Direction Maps:
Gila National Forest
In addition, the Sandia Ranger District has issued a supplemental map for the excellent trail system at Cedro Peak (Manzanita Mountains Trail System). Click here for Manzanita Mountains Trail System Map.
The BLM has also started to more actively manage OHV travel on the lands they manage. Here are links to some of the more popular developed and semi-developed riding areas on BLM managed land within the seven management areas in New Mexico:
- The Glade Run - Farmington Field Office
- The Dunes - Farmington Field Office
- Hackberry Lake - Carlsbad Field Office
- Robledo Mountains - Las Cruces Field Office
- Haystack Mountain - Roswell Field Office
- Mesacalero Sands - Roswell Field Office
- San Ysidro Trials Area - Rio Puerco Field Office
- Gordy's Hill - Socorro Field Office
For the most part, OHV travel on BLM managed lands is limited to existing roads and trails. For specific information on OHV travel regulations on other BLM-managed lands, please contact the appropriate field office.
The New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (NMOHVA), nmohva.org, it's officers, directors, and membership are not liable or responsible in any way, shape or form for this document's content, any inaccuracies, use, misuse, or interpretation. The reader or user is solely responsible for knowing current New Mexico OHV laws, regulations and statutes. It is the user or reader's responsibility to inquire with the appropriate governing or managing authorities for up-to-date laws, regulations or statutes regarding OHV operation.