Cañon Ciruela

Cañon Ciruela RanchPhoto credit: Bradley Tillotson

In fall 2020, visitors will benefit from improved access to the Sabinoso Wilderness—which has a history of very limited access due to surrounding private property. The Trust for Public Land purchased 8,947 acres and will donate it to the Bureau of Land Management, resulting in a nearly fifty percent increase to the wilderness area. This dramatic geological region features deep sandstone canyons, dotted with riparian areas, surrounded by grasslands on the western edge of the Great Plains.  

Visitors can enjoy solitude when hiking, horseback riding, camping, and hunting in a largely untouched area, where motorized vehicles and even mountain biking is not permitted. In addition, the community in Las Vegas, New Mexico—30 miles west of the property—will benefit from increased activity from outdoor recreation. We will continue to solicit support for the protection of this diverse piece of New Mexico’s remote wilderness.

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Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 3.3 million acres and completed more than 5,400 park and conservation projects.