Location: 30 miles southwest of Datil
Elevation Range: 6,785-9,212 feet
BLM Acreage: 68,671 acres
The Continental Divide WSA is located in the east-central part of New Mexico. The landmark of this area is Pelona Mountain, rising to 9,212 feet. Rolling grassland gives way to steeper slopes covered in piñon pine woodland and ponderosa pine forest, although the summit of the mountain itself is mostly grassland. Views from the top of Pelona Mountain stretch out for miles across the surrounding plains.
The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail passes through this WSA. Click here to visit the trail's website.
From Socorro, NM drive west on US Highway 60 for approximately 46.5 miles and turn south onto NM Highway 52 (gravel). Drive for about 21.5 miles on NM 52 and turn west onto NM Highway 163 (gravel). Travel approximately 14.5 miles on 163 to a small pullout serving as a trailhead to the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. Hike on the trail to the west to enter the WSA.
1. This is a dirt road requiring suitable clearance. 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.
Socorro Field Office
901 South Highway 85
Socorro, NM 87801