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. 

  • 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.