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Sierra Ladrones WSAWelcome to Wilderness Wednesday, our weekly posting to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.
This week we are highlighting the Sierra Ladrones Wilderness Study Area (WSA).  The Sierra Ladrones rises out of the Río Grande Valley to a height of 9,210 feet on the summit of an unnamed peak.  This is a desert mountain with mostly piñon and juniper, but you will find a few ponderosa pines near the summit.  There are no designated trails.
One of the many outstanding recreational activities found in wilderness and wilderness study areas is hunting.  Some hunters prefer to hunt in wilderness because they enjoy the primitive experience available there.  They sometimes refer to hunting in wilderness as a quality hunt, based on traditional backcountry values — solitude, quiet recreation, personal challenge, physical fitness, and adventure — that make hunting all the more rewarding.  Hunting in BLM wilderness, like other BLM lands, is licensed by the State of New Mexico.  Click here for more information about hunting on public lands.

From Interstate 25, exit at Bernardo (Exit 175, approximately 17 miles south of Belen and 36 miles north of Socorro) and drive west and then southwest on Old Hwy 60 (Camino Sierra Ladrone).  Cross the old steel bridge over the Rio Puerco, drive another half mile, and turn right onto County Road 12 just before the pavement ends.  Drive northwest on County Road 12 for approximately 7 miles.  For the next 5 miles you will encounter unmaintained, unmarked routes on the left side of the road that lead to the WSA.  Some routes enter private land; please avoid trespassing on private land.  These are dirt roads requiring suitable clearance and may become impassible when wet.  For more information, please visit the Sierra Ladrones WSA website.  

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Last updated: 06-18-2014