Where to Ride
Places to Drive or Ride in New Mexico
New Mexico has a stunning variety of places to ride on federally managed land. Historically, OHV-use in NM was largely un-managed by both the BLM and FS. That has changed! The Forest Service's Travel Management Rule implementation has formally designated motorized route systems on all five National Forests in New Mexico. To date, the Lincoln, the Santa Fe, and the Carson National Forests have issued Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM's) for their entire Forests. The Cibola National Forest has issued MVUMS's for all of their Districts except the Magdalena District (expected Spring 2016). The Gila National Forest has published their decision but has not yet published the associated MVUM.
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 is issued, here are links to the decision documents for the Magdalena District (Cibola NF) and Gila National Forest:
Cibola National Forest
- Magdalena RD Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact (with maps)
- 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 the Manzanita Mountains Trail Map.
Gila National Forest
- Record of Decision for Travel Management
- Map of Alternative G (the Decision but note there are several exceptions as listed in the ROD)
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.