Location: East of the Rio Grande; about two miles east of Socorro
Elevation Range: 4,600-7,100 feet
BLM Acreage: 8,680 acres
The Presilla WSA is located in central New Mexico, approximately 10 miles east of Socorro. The landform consists of a mesa cut by large arroyos, rugged limestone, sandstone hills, and scattered coppice dunes. Vegetation consists of desert shrubs. The WSA is home to many wildlife species, including Red-tailed and Cooper’s hawks, prairie falcons, doves, quail, songbirds, mule deer, gray and kit fox, rock squirrels, jackrabbits, and several reptilian species.
To reach the northeastern border of the WSA, take the Escondida exit (#152) from I-25 (approximately three miles north of Socorro and 23 miles south of Bernardo & Hwy 60 E). Drive east and then immediately north to follow NM 408 for just over one mile to Pueblito Road. Turn right on Pueblito Road and drive east for less than one mile to the community of Pueblito; passing Escondida Lake and crossing the Rio Grande. At Pueblito, turn right onto Bosquecito Rd which parallels the Rio Grande, and drive just under 1 mile, and turn left onto a dirt road that goes east. This is the Quebradas Backcountry Byway, which is marked by signs. Follow this road, passing unmaintained, intersecting roads along the way for approximately 7.5 miles. From this point, the WSA will be on your right for approximately 3 ¾ miles.
This is a dirt road requiring suitable clearance. 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.
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