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Equestrian activities on public lands generally occur on existing roads and trails or in open country areas.  Some recreation sites include trails that have been specifically designated for horseback riding.  The sites listed to the right are some of the better opportunities for horseback riding.

For your own safety sake, study maps and site information before you go so you are properly prepared.  Tell someone where you’re going and your expected time of return.  Bring plenty of drinking water.  New Mexico is known for its rapidly changing weather - don’t be caught off guard.  Summer afternoon thunderstorms are typical. Be prepared to avoid lightening by timing your visit to peaks, ridges and open areas during the morning. BLM lands aren’t known for their shade; be sure to bring along sunscreen.  Also, make sure you have warm cloths, even in the summer months nighttime temperatures can drop significantly; and a rain jacket is essential during the thunderstorm season.

BLM New Mexico Outdoor Recreation Areas

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Farmington Field Office

 Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness

Glade Run Recreation Area

Las Cruces District Office
 Aguirre Spring Campground
 McGregor Range
 Picacho Peak Recreation Area
 Prehistoric Trackways National Monument
 Sierra Vista Trail
 Soledad Canyon Day Use Area
 Tortugas Mountain Recreation Area

Rio Puerco Field Office

 Cebolla Wilderness
 El Malpais National Conservation Area
 Ignacio Chavez Special Management Area
 Ojito Wilderness

West Malpais Wilderness

 White Ridge Bike Trails

Roswell Field Office

 Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area

Valley of Fires Recreation Area

Taos Field Office


Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River


Wild Rivers Recreation Area

 Orilla Verde Recreation Area
 Sabinoso Wilderness