Location: East of Las Cruces; west of White Sands Missile Range
Elevation Range: 4,600-9,012 feet
BLM Acreage: 4,780 acres
The Peña Blanca WSA is located in the south-central portion of New Mexico on the eastern edge of Las Cruces. The Peña Blanca rock shelters are the site of the earliest known cultivated corn in the United States, a primitive variety with eight rows of kernels. The six mile-long Baylor Pass Trail traverses the mountain range from west to east. The Pine Tree trail, located on the east side, provides a four-mile loop through ponderosa pine.
From Interstate 10, approximately 11 miles south of Las Cruces, take exit 151 and drive northeast on County Road B059 approximately 4.7 miles to the southwestern boundary of the WSA. From this point, the road forms the southern boundary of the WSA for approximately 2.1 miles.
1. This is a dirt road requiring suitable clearance and may be impassible when muddy conditions exist. 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.
Las Cruces District Office
1800 Marquess Street
Las Cruces, NM 88005