The Ojito Wilderness now contains a total of 11,183 acres and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. All of the Wilderness is in the state of New Mexico. In 2005 the Ojito Wilderness became part of the now over 109 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. In an age of increasing population, accompanied by expanding settlement and growing mechanization, you play an important role in helping to secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness as called for by Congress in the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the regulations in place for this area, and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting to ensure protection of its unique natural and experiential qualities. 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. Leave No Trace Principles: 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; 6) Respect Wildlife; 7) Be Considerate of Other Visitors Regulations: Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport are generally prohibited on all federal lands designated as wilderness. This includes the use of motor vehicles (including OHVs), motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters, unless provided for in specific legislation. In a few areas some exceptions allowing the use of motorized equipment or mechanical transport are described in the special regulations in effect for a specific area. Contact the agency for more information about regulations.
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 about 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 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 at www.nmstatelands.org.
Rio Puerco Field Office 435 Montano Road, NE Albuquerque, NM 87107
BLM - Bureau of Land Management