Petaca Pinta

Petaca Pinta is a stunning wildland and natural landmark in the heart of New Mexico's red-rock country.

While hardly remote, New Mexico's Petaca Pinta wilderness remains one of New Mexico’s wildest landscapes and potential playgrounds. Just 60 miles west of Albuquerque, this rugged red-rock country is largely undiscovered.

Filled with volcanic plugs, juniper-studded mesas, dramatic red-rock cliffs and a 1,000 foot escarpment that reveals millions of years of geologic history, Petaca Pinta is one of our greatest untamed landscapes.

Why Petaca Pinta

The 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.

Work we are doing

At Wilderness, we’re working to protect the juniper-studded mesas and red rock canyons of Petaca Pinta and to protect it from over-use by off-road vehicles and oil and gas development.

  • Michael Reinemer

    Development of natural areas in the United States, coupled with expected changes in climate, have increased the importance of migration corridors that connect protected natural areas. Large, connected wild lands reduce the isolation of animal and plant populations and allow for migration and movement that can help preserve populations of wild species and enhance genetic and ecosystem diversity. 

  • Sarah Graddy

    An analysis of more than 8,700 low-producing natural gas wells in two counties in the San Juan Basin, San Juan and Rio Arriba, determined that BLM’s rule will have little to no negative impact on these marginal wells.

    The results of the study indicate that the new rule—which aims to reduce waste from venting, flaring and leaks from oil and gas operations on public and tribal lands—will actually increase overall production and royalties paid to support vital services in the state of New Mexico.

  • Michael Reinemer

    The measure would permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, protect two wilderness areas in New Mexico and address water supply and river restoration efforts in the Yakima Basin in Washington state.