A multitude of exciting recreation opportunities await you on public lands managed by BLM's Taos Field Office! Our 656,000 acres of public land truly represent the “Land of Enchantment” and include five environmental "life zones:" Alpine (11,500 feet); Sub-Alpine (9,500 feet); Mixed Coniferous (8,500 feet); Transition (7,000 feet); and the Upper Sonoran (4,500 feet).
BLM public lands in northcentral New Mexico include two outstanding Wild and Scenic Rivers -- the Rio Grande and the Rio Chama -- and three developed recreation areas -- Wild Rivers, Santa Cruz Lake, and Orilla Verde. At these sites you can experience a whitewater rafting challenge; enjoy a breathtaking view of the 800-foot-deep river gorge; hike miles of developed trails; view wildlife; or visit an important prehistoric, historic, or active cultural site. Sit back and relax in the pinon, juniper, and wildflower fragrances . . . watch the aspens and cottonwoods change color . . . and then view the stars from a campsite perched on the ledge or our world-class river gorge. Choose your own path to the Taos Field Office and prepare to be enchanted by your public lands!