U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Welcome to Wilderness Wednesday, our weekly posting to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.
This week, we highlight the 16,030 acre Sabinoso Wilderness. Designated in 2009, the Sabinoso Wilderness is in a remote area in the northeastern portion of New Mexico. The Wilderness includes a series of high, narrow mesas surrounded by cliff-lined canyons. The rugged country primarily supports piñon pine and juniper woodlands, with occasional clusters of ponderosa pine. Located on the bluffs of one side of the Canadian River, this canyon area is unique within the mostly flat and wide-open New Mexico portion of the Great Plains in which it is located.
The land that is now the Sabinoso Wilderness, however, was too rugged to be practical for settlement through homesteading, and consequently it remained with the Federal government. As a result, the Sabinoso Wilderness is a rare tract of public land in a part of the state that is primarily private land. The private land separates it from public roads and highways, making it inaccessible to the public.
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|Last updated: 04-23-2014|
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