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.

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Chamisa Wilderness Study Area


Rio Puerco Field Office 100 Sun Avenue NE Albuquerque, NM 87109

35.54281111, -107.2144497

From Highway 550, approximately 18 miles north of San Ysidro, turn west on County Road 279. At 8.5 miles, County Road 279 turns to dirt as it passes through the village of San Luis. At approximately 22.5 miles from Highway 550, turn southwest on BLM road 1103, which begins to climb up onto the mesa. A gate is located just below the top of the mesa. This gate is locked during wet times of year. Park at the gate or just beyond the gate at the top of the mesa and hike southeast into the WSA.


Chamisa Wilderness Study Area

The northern portion of this WSA is arid, while the southern portion consists of a higher plateau dominated by piсon and ponderosa pines. The diversity of vegetation and landforms provide scenic appeal. Large numbers of elk use the area, as well as coyotes, mule deer, and Merriam's turkey.