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.

View the alert: BLM New Mexico COVID-19 Information Update

Gray Peak Wilderness Study Area


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

31.82101083, -108.9682719

There is no legal access to this area.

Gray Peak Wilderness Study Area

The Gray Peak WSA is located in southwestern New Mexico about 40 miles from Lordsburg. Through the center of the WSA runs a rugged mountain ridgeline 11 miles long with five peaks and dozens of smaller hills and ridges separated by canyons. Vegetation is comprised of Madrean pine-oak woodland, which provides habitat for uncommon wildlife including Mexican long-tongued bats, coatimundi, desert bighorn, and the green rat snake. Though the WSA has outstanding opportunities for hiking, hunting and wildlife viewing, public access across adjoining lands does not currently exist in order to fully realize those values. The BLM is prepared to respond when opportunities to secure public access become available.