Location: About 24 miles west of Quemado, north of Highway 60
Elevation Range: 6,400-7,679 feet
BLM Acreage: 19,414 acres
The Mesita Blanca WSA is located in western New Mexico. It is characterized by rolling grasslands broken by isolated sandstone and basalt mesas. Vegetation consists of grasslands and piñon-juniper woodlands. The 500-foot Red Hill Cinder Cone and lava flow provides a landmark within the WSA.
From Highway 60, drive approximately 20 miles west of Quemado to County Road A7/McKinley Ranch Road. Highway road signs at the intersection indicate a road to the town of Luna (County Road B7) to the south. Turn north (right) on County Road A7/McKinley Ranch Road which is immediately opposite of the road to Luna and drive north for approximately 6.5 miles. From this point, the WSA’s eastern edge will be on your left for approximately 7.5 miles (the road twice passes through private property with ranch houses, please do not trespass on private property).
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.
2. There are no marked trails in this WSA. Visitors must possess knowledge and skill in cross country hiking and navigating.
Socorro Field Office
901 South Highway 85
Socorro, NM 87801