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Mudgetts WSA

Location: Southwest of Carlsbad
Elevation Range: 4,000-4,900 feet
BLM Acreage: 2,941 acres

The Mudgetts WSA is located in southern New Mexico about 30 miles southwest of the city of Carlsbad. The WSA is contiguous with Carlsbad Wilderness (managed by the National Park Service). The area is characterized by steeply rolling limestone hills and canyons covered in desert shrubs and cactus with scattered sotol, agave, and juniper. The region is known for its diverse vegetation, scenic vistas and caves.  

From US Hwy 62/180, 10 miles southwest of Carlsbad, NM, turn west on County Road 408/ Dark Canyon Rd.  Drive just over 12¼ miles on CR 408 and turn south on an unmarked/unnamed road.  Drive generally in a southerly direction on this road, passing numerous well pads, for nearly 5½ miles.  Pass the last well pad and park on the south end of it; the WSA is on the west side of the road.  The road continues for another mile or so, but is a rough four wheel drive route.  This road forms the eastern border of the WSA.

Please Note:

1. Road access is not paved and requires suitable clearance.  Conditions of roads can change at any time due to weather.  Drivers should avoid travel during heavy rain events.  Flash flooding may occur. 

2. There are no marked trails in this WSA.  Visitors must possess knowledge and skill in cross country hiking and navigating. 


Contact Information
Carlsbad Field Office
620 East Greene Street
Carlsbad, NM 88220
(575) 234-5972

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