Near Farmington, the Glade Run Recreation Area is open to ATV riding. It is comprised of 19,000 acres of sandy arroyos, slick rock and rolling terrain. The local vegetation is sparse and primarily consists of common grasses, rabbitbrush, sagebrush, junipers, and pinyon pines.
The Glade Run Recreation Area is split into two ATV riding usage 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. 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 off road enthusiasts in the open OHV section.
To reach the ATV riding trailhead for Glade Run Recreation Area from Farmington, take Pinon Hills Boulevard. Turn north onto the main Glade Road (aka CR1980). Proceed north 2 miles to the Glade Run Recreation Area entrance and the Open OHV area. To access the trail system from Pinon Hills, turn north onto College Boulevard. After approximately 1.2 miles, just beyond Piedra Vista High School and Lions Wilderness Park, look for the Glade Run Recreation Area entrance.
While ATV riding the Glade Run Recreation 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 Glade Run Recreation Area.
Overall, Glade Run Recreation Area is the 14th most popular ATV riding trail of all 16 ATV trails in New Mexico.