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.

  • Michael Reinemer

    Strayed will receive the We Are the Wild Inspiration Award, which recognizes a person who embodies the spirit of wilderness and its transformative power.

    Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society, said, “In this 50th anniversary year of the Wilderness Act, we present this award to underscore the importance of inspiring people to discover and care for our wild lands. Today we honor Cheryl Strayed for her remarkable story and for inspiring new generations to experience wilderness, which forms the backbone of the American spirit.”

  • Michael Reinemer

    President Obama will use his executive authority to create the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, an action that will improve outdoor recreation, safeguard vital water supplies and protect wildlife in the backyard of Los Angeles – the nation’s most populous county.

  • Michael Reinemer

    The Wilderness Society applauds the Obama Administration for advancing bipartisan efforts to further protect ocean ecosystems and their scientific value by using the Antiquities Act to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, an undisturbed island and atoll chain located 1,000 miles southwest of Hawaii. The proclamation builds on the approximately 83,000 square-mile national monument initially designated by President George W. Bush in 2009.