New Mexico

New Mexico boasts some of the nation’s most unique wildlands and natural landmarks — from the snowy peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the wind-tossed grasses of Otero Mesa.

New Mexico has some of the wildest public lands left in the west. Yet, it also has less federally designated wilderness than any western state.

New Mexico’s wildlands reflect a living history of the state. Visitors to New Mexico wilderness encounter many natural landmarks, including:

  • Remnants of cindercones from New Mexico’s volcanic past
  • Fossils left from receding oceans
  • Petroglyphs indigenous peoples carved in the rocks

At Wilderness, we are working to protect New Mexico’s wildlands and natural landmarks from threats like:

  • Mineral exploitation
  • Oil and gas development
  • Abusive off-road vehicle use
  • Climate change

Stories from New Mexico

See New Mexico’s wildlands through the eyes of its residents and get a first-hand look at this wild and beautiful state.

Focus areas

Learn about important wildlands in New Mexico that deserve the highest level of wilderness protection.

Help protect wilderness in New Mexico

You can help ensure that New Mexico’s wildlands and natural landmarks remain wild. 

  • Tim Woody

    One year after Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell upheld a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision to forbid the construction of a road through federally designated wilderness in Alaska's Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, members of the conservation community are encouraging an effort to find a permanent alternative solution to meet the transportation needs of King Cove.

  • Neil Shader

    The Wilderness Society’s annual year-end  Comparative Analysis of Particular Excellence (CAPE) awards celebrate the agency’s achievements towards wildlands conservation and balanced management of our public lands.

    In this 50th Anniversary year of the Wilderness Act, Director Kornze and the National Office showed tremendous leadership in their dedication to protecting wilderness for our future generations.

  • Neil Shader

    The new guidance requires analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) has to include effects on climate change – including resource extraction and timber harvesting on federal lands.