Perched on the rugged breaks overlooking the Pecos River, Haystack Mountain Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area offers 1,920 acres of trails to ride. From novices to experts, on bare rock and sandy washes, OHV enthusiasts can find terrain to fit their skill level. The terrain is extremely rugged, including such varied features as deep gullies with difficult hill climbs in and out of a scenic sandstone escarpment.
The OHV area is designed for OHV’s no wider than 50 inches, and it is ideal for motorcycles. Nationally sanctioned “Trials” events are held at the area each year. Haystack Mountain’s parking lot is large enough for easy loading/unloading and can be used as a staging area for large events. The single track trails are ideal for mountain biking as well.
OHV use, Motorcycle riding, Mountain Biking, Nature viewing, Watchable Wildlife.
Camping is allowed in pull outs next to the sun shelters and in the large gravel parking lot used for parking and events. Disbursed camping is allowed within the entire area, but there are only OHV trails to access the interior of the area for camping.
The area has several picnic sites, complete with shelters, tables and grills. Toilet facilities are available but no potable water is available.
Location / Access
22 miles northeast of Roswell, NM just off US 70.
Off Highway Vehicle Use on Public Land / Safety
Enjoy your play -- do it the right way by following all rules and regulations for off-highway vehicle use on public land. Anyone operating an off-highway vehicle on BLM land shall do so in accordance with State laws and regulations concerning use, standards, registration, operation, and inspection of off-road vehicles. Unless you are exempted by the New Mexico Department of Motor Vehicles, you must register your off-highway motor vehicle and affix the registration plate to your vehicle (NM State Statute 66-3-1003).
Anyone operating an off-highway vehicle on public land must have a valid state license or learners permit unless: a) the individual is under the direct supervision of a person 18 years of age or older who has a valid operator’s license and who is responsible for the acts of the person being supervised; or b) the person is certified by State government as competent to drive off-road vehicles after successfully completing a State approved operator’s training program.
Enjoy your play - do it the safe way, by following these simple safety suggestions:
- Know your limitations.
- Ride with a partner.
- Always wear a helmet, eye protection, and protective clothing.
- Make sure each rider in your group has a map and knows where the party is headed.
- Be familiar with your vehicle and keep it in good working condition.
- Expect the unexpected. Take plenty of water and high energy food. Pack a first aid kit. Avoid running out of gas and carry tools needed for minor repairs.
- Operating an off-highway vehicle requires a high degree of skill and judgment. Ride unimpaired - don’t use drugs or alcohol.
- If your vehicle is equipped with a headlight, ride with it on at all times. It will allow other users to see you sooner.
- If riding at night make sure your vehicle is equipped with headlights sufficient to light an object 300 feet in front of you. Make sure your red taillights can be seen at a distance of 500 feet from the rear.
Have a positive influence on the area and those around you, practice the Tread Lightly! Pledge:
Travel only where permitted.
Respect the rights of others.
Avoid streams, meadows, and wildlife areas.
Drive and travel responsibly.