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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Florida Mountains Wilderness Study Area


Las Cruces District Office 1800 Marquess Street Las Cruces, NM 88001

32.09762861, -107.6263697

From Deming, NM drive east on NM 549 approximately 6ѕ miles and turn right on Rock Hound Rd/NM 143. Drive south for about 5.5 miles on 143, then turn right onto NM 198. Drive approximately 2 miles to where the road ends in Rockhound State Park, Spring Canyon Recreation Area (State fee area). Park at the Lovers Leap Canyon trailhead. The Lovers Leap Trail is .8 miles and ends at the boundary of the WSA.


Florida Mountains Wilderness Study Area

The Florida Mountains WSA is located in southern New Mexico about 10 miles southeast of Demming. The Florida Mountains are an isolated, rocky, north-south trending range with steep canyons and vertical cliffs. Alluvial fans slope toward the valley floors on all sides of the mountain range. The plant species in the WSA consist of grasses, mixed desert shrubs, and juniper trees.