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Sabinoso Wilderness

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Two trees cling to the edge of the canyon rim.
Library image #4071: Agapito rim


The United States Congress designated the Sabinoso Wilderness (map) in 2009 and it now has a total of 16,030 acres. All of this wilderness is located in New Mexico and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.


The Sabinoso Wilderness is a remote area in the northeastern portion of New Mexico. The wilderness includes a series of high, narrow mesas surrounded by cliff lined canyons. Elevations range between 4,500 and 6,000 feet above sea level. The rugged country primarily supports piñon pine and juniper woodlands and occasional clusters of ponderosa pine, with a perennial warm season grass savanna on the mesa tops. Streams periodically flow in the canyon bottoms, supporting riparian vegetation including willow and cottonwood. The large deep canyon area surrounded by the wide open New Mexico plains is unique for this region. The deep incisions cut by Cañon Olguin, Cañon Largo, and Lagartija Creek create a striking topographical and geological contrast in this otherwise flat terrain. There is currently no public access to the wilderness. Please respect private land owners by not trespassing on private land.

Map: Sabinoso Wilderness

Planning to Visit the Sabinoso Wilderness?

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Sabinoso Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.