Equestrian activities on public lands generally occur on existing roads and trails or in open country areas. Some recreation sites include trails that have been specifically designated for horseback riding. The sites listed to the right are some of the better opportunities for horseback riding.
For your own safety sake, study maps and site information before you go so you are properly prepared. Tell someone where you’re going and your expected time of return. Bring plenty of drinking water. New Mexico is known for its rapidly changing weather - don’t be caught off guard. Summer afternoon thunderstorms are typical. Be prepared to avoid lightening by timing your visit to peaks, ridges and open areas during the morning. BLM lands aren’t known for their shade; be sure to bring along sunscreen. Also, make sure you have warm cloths, even in the summer months nighttime temperatures can drop significantly; and a rain jacket is essential during the thunderstorm season.