The United States Congress designated the Cebolla Wilderness (map
) in 1987 and it now has a total of 61,600 acres
All of this wilderness is located in New Mexico
and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
Cebolla Wilderness, within El Malpais National Conservation Area, lies just east of the lava flows of El Malpais badlands offering easier traveling than the ominously raw volcanic terrain of the badlands. Cebolla shares its eastern border with the Acoma Indian Reservation, so please avoid entering the Reservation without first receiving permission from the Acoma Pueblo. La Ventana Arch, Narrows Rim, Lobo Canyon, Homestead Canyon, and Armijo Canyon Trails provide hiking among sandstone bluffs and sandy washes. You may encounter evidence of past habitation, from ancient petroglyphs to the ruins of Depression-era homesteads. The wilderness is separated into two units by the Cebolla Creek Road. La Ventana Natural Arch, eroded from sandstone laid down when dinosaurs ruled this territory, anchors the northern unit, and is readily visible from the adjacent highway. The southern unit is rolling rimrock mesas forested with pinion pine and stands of ponderosa. Carry plenty of water, as you won't find any here.