U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Welcome to Wilderness Wednesday, our weekly posting to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.
This week, we highlight the Ignacio Chavez Wilderness Study Area (WSA), which is situated on a broad volcanic plateau covered with piñon pine and interspersed with groves of ponderosa pine; slopes below the plateau are dominated by desert shrubs. The diversity of landform and vegetation provides scenic appeal and vast views from the rim of the plateau to the surrounding desert.
From San Ysidro, New Mexico, drive US 550 about 18 miles to just north of mile marker 41 and the junction with NM 279. A green highway sign labeled, "San Luis-Cabezon" marks NM 279. Drive west on NM 279, a paved road, through the small village of San Luis, after which the road turns to gravel and dirt. Travel on this gravel road approximately 13 miles, crossing the bridge over the Chico Arroyo, until the road splits – NM 279 continues south to Guadalupe and BLM Road 1103 begins here and continues west. At about 1 mile, CR 25 splits to the right and from this point the WSA is on the right side of 1103. Continue on 1103, climbing to the mesa top. Look for the gate described above. These are dirt roads that can be muddy when wet and require suitable undercarriage clearance. For more information, please visit the Ignacio Chavez WSA website.
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|Last updated: 07-16-2014|
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