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West Malpais Wilderness

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Area Management

The West Malpais Wilderness is part of the 109 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of lands provides clean air, water, and habitat critical for rare and endangered plants and animals. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. You play an important role in helping to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by the Congress of the United States through the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the requirements outlined below and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting the West Malpais Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.

The West Malpais Wilderness area is managed in accordance with the Wilderness Act of 1974 and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Manual 6340 - Management of Designated Wilderness Areas.

A person with a disability that requires the use of a wheelchair in wilderness may do so if the wheelchair meets the definition in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The term wheelchair means a device that is solely for use by a mobility-impaired person for locomotion, and is suitable for use in an indoor pedestrian area.




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