Location: Northwest New Mexico
Elevation: Up to 8,300 feet
BLM Acreage: 33,609 acres
The Ignacio Chavez WSA is located in the northwestern portion of New Mexico. The northern portion of this WSA is arid, while the southern portion consists of a higher plateau dominated by piñon and ponderosa pines. The diversity of vegetation provides scenic appeal, and also a highly diverse wildlife population.
From San Ysidro, NM, drive US 550 about 18 miles north to the junction with NM 279. A green highway sign labeled, "San Luis-Cabezon" marks NM 279. Drive west on 279, a paved road, through the small village of San Luis, after which the road turns to gravel and dirt. Travel on this dirt road approximately 13 miles, crossing the bridge over the Chico Arroyo, until the road splits – NM 279 continues south to Guadalupe and BLM Road 1103 begins here and continues west. Travel on 1103, climbing to the mesa top (at about one mile CR 25 splits to the north and from this point on the WSA is on the right side of 1103). A gate is located just below the top of the mesa and is locked during wet times of year. Visitors should park here and hike west into the WSA on a faint trail that climbs to the top of the mesa and connects after approximately 1 mile with the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. If the gate is open, continue driving to one of several established roadside parking areas. Two-track routes closed to motor vehicles lead northwest into the WSA from the parking areas and connect with the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.
This is a dirt road requiring suitable clearance and may be impassible when muddy conditions exist. 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.
Rio Puerco Field Office
435 Montano NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107