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. 

  • Testimony delivered by The Wilderness Society's Chase Huntley to the House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources

  • A letter to Members of the House of Representatives urging them to oppose HR 4899, a bill that would undermine important wildland protections and force drilling in pristine areas of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska

  • Every year, a coalition of conservation and environmental groups produce a report to help Congress as it debates the federal budget for the year. This report, has typically been to referred to as the "Green Budget." This year, it is titled "Green Investments," and it illustrates the importance of reinvesting in conservation and natural resources programs for Fiscal Year 2015 by looking at some of the effects of recent budget cuts.