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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Stallion Wilderness Study Area


Socorro Field Office 901 South Highway 85 Socorro, NM 87801

34.12004889, -106.6003181

From I-25 near San Antonio, NM, drive 12 miles east on State Highway 380 to County Road 129. Drive north on County Road 129 for approximately 6.5 miles then veer right onto County Road 147. Continue two miles, heading northeast, then east to where the road will turn north. From this point continue north for nine miles, passing unmaintained, unmarked, intersecting routes. After nine miles you will be very near the western border of the WSA.


Stallion Wilderness Study Area

The Stallion WSA is located in central New Mexico, approximately 15 miles east of Socorro. The area is composed of escarpments, box canyons, rolling foothills, mountains, and badlands. The vegetation is typical of the upper Chihuahuan Desert. It is a semi-arid area that is known for its rugged terrain and near vertical escarpments that reach elevations of 7,100 feet. The mountainous topography and numerous rock outcrops are attractive to birds of prey.