New Mexico Focus Areas

At Wilderness, we're working to safeguard New Mexico’s unique lands, from the snowy peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to wind-tossed grasses of Otero Mesa.

We are working to protect several important New Mexico wildlands from mineral exploitation, oil and gas development, abusive off-road vehicle use and climate change.

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks

Close in proximity to Las Cruces, a growing metropolitan area, the diverse and scenic Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks area is one of incredible botanical diversity.

Rio Grande del Norte

Rio Grande del Norte is a stunning New Mexico wildland with scenic vistas, natural landmarks and waters that sustain animals and surrounding communities.

Otero Mesa

Otero Mesa is a sweeping 1.2 million acre plain — the last fragment of the wild Chihuahan Desert. Potential mining operations threaten Otero Mesa and the wildlife that lives there.

Columbine Hondo

Columbine Hondo in northern New Mexico's Sangre de Cristo Mountains is a wildlife habitat, a recreation haven and a source of clean drinking water.

Petaca Pinta

Petaca Pinta area is a rich and beautiful wilderness area within New Mexico's red-rock country, featuring prairie grasses waving through the remnants of ancient civilization.

  • Neil Shader

    New legislation introduced today in the House and the Senate would undermine state and federal planning efforts, nearly complete, to conserve the greater sage grouse and perpetuate uncertainty faced by all westerners, according to The Wilderness Society. The following statement can be attributed to Chase Huntley, senior government relations director for The Wilderness Society.

  • Neil Shader

    Authorization for LWCF runs out on September 30 2015.

    Today, Earth Day, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on “reauthorization and potential reforms” to LWCF. Funded primarily by offshore oil royalties—not taxpayer dollars—the program has had strong bipartisan support since its enactment in 1964. The Wilderness Society strongly supports several bills to reauthorize LWCF including S. 890, S. 338 and H.R. 1814, now pending in Congress.

  • Neil Shader

    Proactive, cooperative conservation measures could be a model for protections across the West

    The following statement can be attributed to Nada Culver, senior director of agency policy and planning for The Wilderness Society, regarding the Department of Interior’s decision to not add the bi-state greater sage grouse population to the Endangered Species List.