Empedrado Wilderness Study Area


Rio Puerco Field Office 100 Sun Avenue NE, Suite 330 Albuquerque, NM 87109

35.63193472, -107.2333333

From San Ysidro, NM, drive US 550 about 18 miles north to the junction with NM 279. A green highway sign labeled, "San Luis-Cabezon" marks NM 279. Drive west on 279, a paved road, through the small village of San Luis, after which the road turns to gravel and dirt. Travel on this dirt road approximately 13 miles, crossing the bridge over the Chico Arroyo, until the road splits – NM 279 continues south to Guadalupe and BLM Road 1103 begins here and continues to the right. Travel on 1103 about one mile to CR 25 which splits to the right. Travel about 1ј mile on CR 25 to where the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT) enters the WSA on the northeast side of the road. Though there is no trailhead, you will see trail signs with the CDT emblem. The trail is marked by cairns; there is no trail tread.


Empedrado Wilderness Study Area

The Empedrado WSA is characterized by deep arroyos, highly sculpted mesas, canyons, and sandstone and shale outcrops. This area is easily traveled by horseback. Nesting sites for golden eagles, prairie falcon, great horned owl, red-tailed hawk, and raven are found on sandstone cliffs. Vegetation includes grama grass, cactus and Knight’s milevetch.

The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail passes through this WSA.