Glade Run Recreation Area
A great spot for the weekend warrior, the Glade Run Recreation Area is comprised of 19,000 acres of sandy arroyos, slick rock, and rolling terrain. Vegetation is sparse, primarily consisting of common grasses, rabbitbrush, sagebrush, junipers, and pinyons.
The recreation area is split into two off-highway vehicle (OHV) use zones. The northern three-quarters of the Glade are managed for limited trail use and 3,800 acres on the south end are managed as an OHV area. Approximately 42 miles of marked trails for motorized trail bike and mountain bike riders are located in the limited OHV portion of the Glade. Challenging slick rock and wide sandy washes provide fun for OHV enthusiasts in the open OHV section.
Rock crawling, an extreme form of OHV driving using vehicles, from stock to highly modified, to surmount obstacles, is a popular activity. In rock crawling, drivers maneuver four-wheel-drive vehicles over very harsh terrain. Driving locations include boulders, slick rock, mountain foothills, rock piles, mountain trails, etc. Rock crawling is about slow-speed, careful, precise driving. Rock crawlers often drive up, down, and across obstacles that would appear impassable to the average person. Glade Run is also the site of the Road Apple Rally, which is the oldest continuously held mountainbike race in the world.
There are trails designed specifically for mountain biking. Glade Run is the site of the Road Apple Rally, which is the oldest continuously held mountainbike race in the world.
There are miles of muli-use roads open to hikers.
Horseback riders can use the miles of multi-use trails throughout the area.
Off Highway Vehicles
The recreation area is split into two off-highway vehicle (OHV) use zones. The northern three-quarters of the Glade are managed for limited trail use and 3,800 acres on the south end are managed as an open OHV area. Challenging slick rock and wide sandy washes provide fun for OHV enthusiasts in the open OHV section. Also popular in the park is rock crawling.
The area is open year-round. The road may become impassible in bad weather. Portions of the Glade Run Recreation Area may be closed to the public for short periods during authorized competitions or events.
The recreation area lies between NM State Highways 170, 574, and 516 with multiple entry points on dirt roads.
From Farmington take Piñon Hills Blvd. and turn north onto the main Glade Road, County Road 1980. Travel north 2 miles to the Glade entrance and the Open OHV area. To access the trail system from Piñon Hills, turn north onto College Blvd., travel approximately 1.2 miles just beyond Piedra Vista High School and Lions Wilderness Park.
From Flora Vista, turn west onto County Road 3535 from highway 516. Follow the road until the pavement ends, take a left onto non-county maintained road 3536 and travel about 1.5 miles. Access to the Glade is also available from the north. Take NM 574 approximately 6.5 miles from La Plata Highway and turn south onto the main Glade road.