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. 

  • Emily Linroth

    Today, several measures aimed to roll back protections on our nation’s public lands were defeated in the Senate as part of the Keystone XL Pipeline bill. These amendments would have, among other effects, dismantled permanent protection for millions of acres of wilderness quality lands (S.A. 166) that await protection and weakened the Antiquities Act (S.A. 132), a law used by 16 presidents to protect places such as the Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty. 

  • Michael Reinemer

    The agency rule was issued after a federal court ruled in 2013 that the Forest Service was in violation of an executive order on off-road vehicle management. The statement from The Wilderness Society follows:

  • Jennifer Dickson

    Despite major risks, obstacles and climate change concerns, the proposed plan would allow drilling for oil and gas in this remote, fragile and rapidly warming environment.

    The proposed Chukchi and Beaufort sea lease sales exclude relatively small areas where leasing would be prohibited.