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.

  • For this report, The Wilderness Society reviewed data from more than 16,000 parcels auctioned off by the state. The analysis details more than a century of land sales that have privatized and closed off an amount of once-accessible lands nearly the size of the entire Sawtooth National Forest. Parcels often end up in the hands of some of Idaho’s biggest industries, while others have been turned into gravel pits, strip malls and even exclusive private fishing retreats and lakeshore hideaways for those wealthy enough to buy them.

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  • In this report, we provide the policy framework for designating ORV trails and areas on federal lands, along with a series of recommendations based on recent case law and ten case studies from the Forest Service, BLM, and National Park Service that demonstrate both agency failures to comply with the executive order minimization criteria and good planning practices that could be incorporated into a model for application of the criteria.