South of Albequerque and north of Socorro, the Johnson Hill area has miles of trails open to ATV riders. The trail system rolls over barren desert hills. While this region is usually dry and dusty, you really don't want to ride here if it has rained recently.
To reach the ATV riding trailhead for Johnson Hill from Socorro, head north on US25 for 1 mile to the Escondida exit. Turn right heading east. At intersection veer left heading north. Continue north on road parallel to canals. Turn right on road over Escondida Bridge. There is a parking area just past the bridge on the right or continue on the road to the intersection, turn left and follow road for about 0.5 miles to the second parking area.
While ATV riding the Johnson Hill, each all-terrain-vehicle is required to display a State Of New Mexico registration permit sticker. This includes both residents and non-residents. Residents can obtain a registration permit sticker from any Motor Vehicle Division Field Office. Non-residents can obtain a New Mexico ATV registration permit sticker online or by calling the Departement of Game and Fish at (505) 476-8000. Make sure to have a sticker displayed before ATV riding the Johnson Hill.
Overall, Johnson Hill is the 2nd most popular ATV riding trail of all 16 ATV trails in New Mexico.