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Ojito Wilderness

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General Trip Planning Information

The White Mesa Bike Trails lie to the east of the Ojito Wilderness Boundary. Within this unique geological landscape are 15 miles of bike trails designed for both beginning and expert riders.

Recreational Opportunities

Hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, and wildlife observation to name a few, can all be enjoyed without a permit, as well as opportunities for solitude, adventure and spiritual renewal in remote secluded areas. Primitive camping is also allowed, but permits are required for some uses (e.g., outfitting/guiding, group activities). Steep canyons and high rugged cliffs, with elevations from 5,600 to 6,200 feet, provide rewarding challenges for the back-country hiker. Deep meandering arroyos also offer miles of terrain in which to wander. Rock layers in the canyon walls and cliffs enhance sightseeing and photography, especially when exposed to the sun’s direct rays at dawn and dusk. Hunting is permitted within the wilderness. Hunting and fishing regulations are written and enforced by the State. The Ojito Wilderness is located within New Mexico Big Game Management Unit 9.

Climate and Special Equipment Needs

Access roads in the area are passable during dry weather but they can get slippery and rutted during wet seasons, normally spring, late summer, and winter.

Safety and Current Conditions

The Ojito Wilderness is a roadless area that visitors must accept on its own terms. Visitors are responsible for their own safety and must be prepared to take care of themselves. Cell phones don't usually work; let someone know your plans. Water is rare in this dry land and no water is available at most times. Bring plenty of water.

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