Northeast of Carlsbad, the Hackberry Lake OHV area is open to ATV riding. The Hackberry Lake Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) area offers over 55,000 acres of rolling stabilized dune lands and cliffs. The 132 acre Shugart Dunes is also open to riding.
The Hackberry Lake Area is open for intensive use of all-terrain vehicles. Trails within the area take advantage of a variety of soils and topographic features, which include many turns and steep hill climbs. The ATV routes go from shallow rocky, loamy soil on low hills to deep alluvial soils with sandy inclusions. The trails travel across small draws and along the bottom of deep arroyos. The Hackberry Lake Area also includes an open riding sand dune complex.
Hackberry Lake OHV Area is about 20 miles northeast of Carlsbad and can be accessed at a number of locations. To access the most commonly used parking area for ATV riding the Hackberry Lake Area, follow US 62/180, turn north on SR 360 for 5.7 miles. Turn east on CR 222 and look for the parking area on the north side of the road.
Note: The area is used by the Desert Rough Riders Club for an annual competitive motorcycle event -- the Carlsbad 100 Desert Race -- which traverses more than 44 miles of public land.
While ATV riding the Hackberry Lake Area, 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 Hackberry Lake Area.
Overall, Hackberry Lake OHV is the 8th most popular ATV riding trail of all 16 ATV trails in New Mexico.