BLM New Mexico COVID-19 Information Update

The Department of the Interior’s current COVID-19 policy incorporates CDC guidance. As CDC science-based guidance changes, our policy will adapt. Visitors have always been encouraged by DOI to review CDC guidance when making their plans to recreate responsibly. CDC guidance indicates that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations. Unvaccinated people must wear a mask indoors in DOI buildings at all times and outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained. All people, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask on all forms of public transportation and in healthcare settings on DOI lands. We will continue to ask visitors to follow CDC guidance to recreate responsibly.

The latest information on changes to facilities and services in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) is available here.

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Alamo Hueco Mountains Wilderness Study Area

Alamo Hueco Mountains Wilderness Study Area

Las Cruces District Office 1800 Marquess Street Las Cruces, NM 88005-3371

31.44293917, -108.3542353

From Hachita, NM, drive NM Hwy 81 south for approximately 27Ѕ miles to a dirt road between mile markers 18 and 17 with a BLM signed gate. This road crosses private land for the first three miles and the public must remain on the road in this section. Drive east through the gate for approximately 2ј miles, then turn right before a fence and drive south for just under Ѕ mile past another fence. The road then veers southeast for approximately 6 miles (passing unmarked, unmaintained roads) to a dirt road leading south. Drive south for approximately 1ј miles to a T intersection. Turn left or right at the T intersection and the WSA boundary will be to the south of the road for approximately 4ј miles in either direction.


Alamo Hueco Mountains Wilderness Study Area

The Alamo Hueco Mountains WSA is situated in southwestern New Mexico. It is characterized by highly eroded volcanic mountains, mesas, vertical cliffs, and long sinuous canyons that are dominated by juniper and oak brush. There are no maintained trails in this area; however, the desert scenery, archaeological sites, and wildlife diversity make this area unique. Wildlife species include javelina, Montezuma quail, desert bighorn sheep, mountain lions, golden eagles, red-tailed hawks, and prairie falcons.