Ignacio Chavez Special Management Area

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Ignacio Chavez Special Management Area

New Mexico

(505) 761-8700

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Overview

Historically rich, these nearly 50,000 acres of solitude range up to 8,300 foot elevations. The Ignacio Chavez Special Management Area lies amid the remains of an array of cultural periods. Chacoan era ruins have been uncovered and evidence of Spanish habitation during the 18th century can be found in the adobe "rancheros" that dot the area. The Special Management Area consists primarily of two wilderness study areas, the 33,000 acre Ignacio Chavez Wilderness Study Area and the 13,700 acre Chamisa Wilderness Study Area.

Hiking, backpacking, mountain biking and horseback riding, to name a few, can all be enjoyed without a permit in this remote, secluded area. Primitive camping is also allowed, but permits are required for most other uses like outfitting/guiding or commercial filming. Unless specifically designated, all roads and trails are open to mountain biking. Hunting for upland game, deer, and elk is also popular.

The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail traverses the Ignacio Chavez Special Management Area. An additional route for hikers and horseback riders has been identified and provides enhanced solitude. The trail location has been marked with cairns and signs.

Map of Ignacio Chavez Special Management Area

Latitude, Longitude: 35.492263, -107.347755

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Unless specifically designated, all roads and trails are open to mountain biking.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    The Ignacio Chavez Special Management Area lies amid the remains of an array of cultural periods, and is a great place for a historical auto tour.

  • Camping

    Primitive camping is also allowed, but permits are required for most other uses like outfitting/guiding or commercial filming.

  • Hiking

    The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail traverses the Ignacio Chavez Special Management Area. An additional route for hikers and horseback riders has been identified and provides enhanced solitude. The trail location has been marked with cairns and signs.

  • Horseback Riding

    The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail traverses the Ignacio Chavez Special Management Area. An additional route for hikers and horseback riders has been identified and provides enhanced solitude. The trail location has been marked with cairns and signs.

  • Hunting

    There is hunting for upland game, deer, and elk.

Directions

Driving

West of San Ysidro via NM 279

Phone Numbers

Primary

(505) 761-8700

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