Location: Northwest New Mexico
Elevation Range: 6,100-6,500 feet
BLM Acreage: 10,438 acres
The La Leña WSA is characterized by deep arroyos, highly sculpted mesas, canyons, and sandstone and shale outcrops. This area is easily traveled by horseback. Nesting sites for golden eagles, prairie falcon, great horned owl, red-tailed hawk, and raven are found on sandstone cliffs. Vegetation includes grama grass, cactus and Knight’s milevetch.
The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail passes through this WSA. Click here to visit the trail's website.
From Highway 550, approximately 18 miles north of San Ysidro, turn west on County Road 279. Continue about 17 miles; past the village of San Luis the road turns to dirt. As the road bends to the south, turn right on a side road and drive approximately ½ mile to where the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail crosses the road. There is no trailhead, and the trail is marked by cairns. Hike north into the WSA.
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