The United States Congress designated the Cruces Basin Wilderness (map
) in 1980 and it now has a total of 18,881 acres
All of this wilderness is located in New Mexico
and is managed by the Forest Service.
Cruces Basin Wilderness, located just south of the Colorado line, contains some of New Mexico's most pristine country. Cruces Basin Wilderness contains great opportunities for solitude. A mountain plateau sets the stage, with backdrops ranging from ridges covered in spruce, fir, and aspen up to 10,900 feet to a grass carpet that extends down to 8,600 feet.