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.

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  • Michael Reinemer

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  • Max Greenberg

    The next fiscal year starts on Oct. 1, meaning that Congress is running out of time to cobble together "must-pass" appropriations legislation that will pay for the day-to-day expenses of the federal government.

    But in what has become a sad annual commentary on some leaders' dereliction of America's conservation tradition, the process is gummed up with counterproductive “riders” that have no place in the appropriations process, and would hurt wildlands right when they sorely need our help.