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Ojito Wilderness

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General Trip Planning Information

This is an arid landscape without available surface water.

From Bernalillo, travel on U.S. 550 about 21 miles (about 2 miles before San Ysidro) turning left onto Cabezon Road (County Road 906). Follow the left fork approximately 9 1/4 miles to an Ojito Wilderness sign. Continue almost 3/4 mile to the Seismosaurus Trailhead on the left. A trail leads north, across the road and through a fence, into the Wilderness. Continue another 3/4 mile to the Hoodoo Trailhead on the left side of the road. From the parking area, walk back about 400 feet to the east where a trail leads north into the Wilderness on the opposite side of the road.

Recreational Opportunities

There are two hiking trails in the Wilderness: the Seismosaurus Trail and Hoodoo Trail provide the most frequented access for hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, and wildlife observation. These activities are but a few available which can be enjoyed without a permit. 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 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 in this remote areas; 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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