Best New Mexico ATV Trails

New Mexico has 15 all terrain vehicle rides.

  August 20, 2016

Located in the US, the ATV trails in New Mexico offers over ten good ATV trail destinations. The best New Mexico ATV trails based on popularity are considered to be Red River OHV Area, Haystack Mountain OHV Recreation Area, Johnson Hill, Dunes Vehicle Recreation Area, and Mescalero Sands North Dunes OHV Area. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a New Mexico ATV trails trail below.


Haystack Mountain OHV Recreation Area

Northeast of Roswell, the 1,920 acre Haystack Mountain OHV Recreation Area is perched on the rugged breaks overlooking the Pecos River in southeastern New Mexico. The ATV riding trails at Haystack Mountain OHV Recreation Area are designed for novices to experts. Keep in mind that the trails are limited to ATVs up to 50 inches wide.  MORE INFO

Johnson Hill

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.  MORE INFO

Mescalero Sands North Dunes OHV Area

East of Roswell, the Mescalero Sands North Dunes OHV Area has 610 acres open to ATV riding. The Bowl Parking Area provides access to the northern portion of the dunes which includes a region known as The Bowl. The Bowl is a large depression surrounded by dunes.  MORE INFO

Dunes Vehicle Recreation Area

South of Farmington, the Dunes OHV Recreation Area (aka Farmington Dunes) is open to ATV riding. The east and south sides of The Farmington Dunes are confined by steep sandstone walls with amazing rock spires. The main central riding area within the Dunes Vehicle Recreation Area has large sand dunes, steep to gentle hillsides and sand-covered arroyo bottoms.  MORE INFO

Cerro Negro

Northeast of Sante Fe and Taos, the Cerro Negro route is a good ATV trip in the Red River area that is worth exploring. The Cerro Negro ATV route is a five mile loop connecting FS7B to FS7C.  MORE INFO

Willie White Trail

Near Cloudcroft, the Willie White Trail is a 5.2 mile route open to ATV riding. The Willie White Trail ATV route is very popular, and is lined with aspens and pines.  MORE INFO

4th Of July Canyon

Northeast of Sante Fe and Taos, the 4th Of July Canyon is a popular route with ATV riders travelling to the Red River region. The ATV trails climb through dense pine forest and offer occasional views of the surrounding mountains. The 4th Of July Canyon ATV riding routes are known to be very rugged, so be prepared.  MORE INFO

Garrapate Ridge

Northeast of Sante Fe and Taos, the Garrapate Ridge route is another popular ATV route. Garrapate Ridge is located about 5 miles south of Questa. A roughly 6 mile loop that connects with Forest Road 9, which leads to Cebolla Mesa.  MORE INFO

Goose Lake

Northeast of Sante Fe and Taos, the Goose Lake route is an excellent ATV excursion. The Goose Lake route along FS486 is approximately 0.5 mile past Eagle Nest turnoff in upper Red River canyon. It is about an 8 mile trip to the lake on an extreme 4x4 road.  MORE INFO

Largo Lake

Northeast of Sante Fe and Taos, the Largo Lake route is a scenic ATV route. The ATV riding trailhead for Largo Canyon / Lake is about 1.3 miles from Questa Ranger Station on Old Taos Highway.  MORE INFO

Middle Fork

Northeast of Sante Fe and Taos, the Middle Fork route is a nice ATV ride. The Middle Fork / Lake ATV trailhead is located at end of pavement in Red River Canyon. Turn right onto FS58 for 1 mile to FS487, about 2 miles to the lake.  MORE INFO