Location: Southwest of Las Cruces; just north of the Mexico border
Elevation Range: 4,225-5,957 feet
BLM Acreage: 148,697 acres
The West Potrillo Mountains WSA is located in southern New Mexico, approximately 30 miles southwest of Las Cruces in the Chihuahuan Desert. These mountains are a series of 48 volcanic cinder cones with small sand dunes, playas, and lava fields in-between. The vegetation consists of desert grasses and shrubs. Indian Basin, a natural depression at the southwest end of the West Potrillo Mountains, fills with water during the rainy season providing a temporary pond for ducks. Wintering raptors are found in high numbers due to a high small mammal prey base.
From I-10, about 8 miles south of Anthony, NM (at the TX state line), take exit #8 to TX 178/Artcraft Rd. After exiting, take the second right onto TX 178/Artcraft Rd and drive about 9 miles to NM 9/Columbus Rd (Note: TX-178 becomes NM-136 at the state line). Turn right and drive west about 24 miles on NM Hwy 9 to County Road 005. Turn right and drive north. At just over 1 mile, you will reach a gate on private land; continue for another .5 miles to reenter public lands. For the next 3 miles, between the private land and the intersection with County Road 007, the WSA is on the left of the road which forms the WSAs eastern boundary.
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.
This WSA is near the international border with Mexico. Because of the potential for illegal cross border activity, caution should be exercised by those visiting this area.
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