Location: 70 miles south-southeast of Lordsburg
Elevation Range: 4,400-8,366 feet
BLM Acreage: 65,872 acres
The Big Hatchet Mountains WSA is located in southwestern New Mexico and is the highest mountain in the vicinity. This is an isolated block fault uplifted mountain with tall stratified cliffs. Desert grasses and shrubs in the lowlands give way to piñon, juniper, mountain mahogany, and oak trees in the higher elevations. These mountains are very rugged and include massive limestone cliffs. These rugged mountains are home to desert bighorn sheep and significant bat colonies.
The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail passes through this WSA. Click here to visit the trail's website.
Drive south from Hachita, NM, on Highway 81. Between mile 35 and 34, turn left onto County Road C11 (Hatchet Road). In about a ½ mile the road veers right. At approximately 2.1 miles, turn right on Commodore Road and follow this road approximately 3.3 miles to a T intersection. Turn right and drive approximately 1¾ miles to where the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail crosses the road. The Trail is marked by cairns; there is no trail tread. Hike southeast into the WSA.
This is a dirt road requiring suitable clearance. Please note that conditions of roads can change at any time due to weather. Drivers should avoid dirt roads during rain or snow. Drivers should be cautious of wash-out following rain or snowmelt.
This WSA is near the international border with Mexico. Because of the potential for illegal cross border activity, caution should be exercised by those visiting this area.
Las Cruces District Office
1800 Marquess Street
Las Cruces, NM 88005