Lake Valley Backcountry Byway

A meandering 48-mile drive on paved roads takes visitors through ranching and mining country and past the ruins of the 1880s mining town of Lake Valley. The Lake Valley Backcountry Byway is nestled between the Mimbres and Caballo Mountains and the Cooke’s Range in southwestern New Mexico and offers spectacular scenic views. Rich in history and scenery, the Byway offers an outstanding trip for travelers with an hour to spare.

Scenic driving, watchable wildlife.

None. Restrooms and drinking water are not available.

Location / Access
Go west of Caballo Lake on NM 152, then south on NM 27; or from NM 26 at the town of Nutt, travel north on NM 27 for about 12 miles.

Lake Valley Backcountry Byway

BLM Backcountry Byway Watchable Wildlife


Open year-round.

Recreation Guidelines
BLM Recreation Guidelines

BLM: Hatch
See Contact Information below to obtain maps or visit the Public Lands Information Center.

Contact Information
Las Cruces District Office
1800 Marquess Street
Las Cruces, NM  88005-3370