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Ojito Wilderness

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The Ojito Wilderness is accessible from Albuquerque by traveling north on I-25 for approximately 16 miles and exiting on US 550. (From Santa Fe travel south approximately 40 miles.) Traveling northwest toward Cuba on US 550 from Bernalillo, the distance is approximately 20 miles. Before San Ysidro (about 2 miles), turn left onto Cabezon Road (County Road 26). Follow the left fork.

The south and west boundaries are accessible by dirt road. Always know where you are traveling and where you have been as it is easy to get lost in the hundreds of miles of dirt roads. Roads are passable during dry conditions but be aware they can get slippery and rutted during wet seasons, which normally are spring, late summer and winter.

Non-federal Lands: Some areas within and near the boundaries are private, state, and/or Pueblo of Zia lands. Remember to get permission before you enter or cross private lands. The State of New Mexico requires a recreation permit for access to state lands - more information may be found on their web site at