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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Continental Divide Wilderness Study Area


Socorro Field Office 901 South Highway 85 Socorro, NM 87801

33.69286028, -108.0666667

From Socorro, NM drive west on US Highway 60 for approximately 46.5 miles and turn south onto NM Highway 52 (gravel). Drive for about 21.5 miles on NM 52 and turn west onto NM Highway 163 (gravel). Travel approximately 14.5 miles on 163 to a small pullout serving as a trailhead to the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. Hike on the trail to the west to enter the WSA.


Continental Divide Wilderness Study Area

The Continental Divide WSA is located in the west-central part of New Mexico. The landmark of this area is Pelona Mountain, rising to 9,212 feet. Rolling grassland gives way to steeper slopes covered in piсon pine woodland and ponderosa pine forest, although the summit of the mountain itself is mostly grassland. Views from the top of Pelona Mountain stretch out for miles across the surrounding plains. The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail passes through this WSA.