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Rio Puerco

Monday, July 11, 2016

Alt Names

Rio Puerco River, Wash Trail, Ridge Trail, Dune Trail, Windmill Hill, Snoopy Rock, Moon Rocks, Crystal Hill, Choke Point, The Gauntlet

Last Known StatusClosed

Located northwest of Albuquerque, New Mexico, this area consists of a checkerboard of private and state land but is slowing becoming more developed due to urban growth and is not a suitable place to ride. Nearby riding alternatives include Montessa OHV Park, Cedro Peak and Sandia Motocross Park.

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Nearest CityRio Rancho, NM
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From: Albuquerque, NM
1) Take I-40 to exit 155
2) Merge north onto SR-448, continue 10 miles
3) Turn left (west) onto Southern Blvd, continue about 10 miles (road will turn to dirt)
4) Staging area is located near the north end of the sand dunes.


LandPrivately Owned / Commercial


Our RatingRatingGood    
Recommended StayFull Day
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Permit RequiredYesNM OHV Permit
Dates OpenClosed
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot RequiredSafety Flags Recommended
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
BicyclesNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HikingNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HorsebackNo RestrictionNot Recommended
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Emergency / Law Enforcement
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EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingNo ($0.00)


Contact InfoBLM - Rio Puerco Field Office
435 Montano NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107
(505) 761-8700
Contact InfoNew Mexico Game & Fish
1 Wildlife Way
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(888) 248-6866
(505) 476-8000
CommentOHV Permit Info


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Rio Puerco Trail

Photo Submitted 7/7/2013 (Thanks!)

Rio Puerco Trail Photo

Rio Puerco Trail

Photo Submitted 9/27/2014 (Thanks!)


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Climate TypeDesert
Elevation5500 to 6000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceUnknown
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has little hard pack terrain.Little
SandThis trail has mostly sandy areas.Mostly
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has few trees.Few
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has some small jumps.Some
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis private land has few sand or gravel pits.Few
Single TrackThis private land has some single track trails.Some
RoadsThis private land has no roads.None
ShadeThis private land has no shaded areas.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (SE)Lovelace Medical Center (505) 727-8000
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (E)7-11 (505) 892-1469
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (E)7-11 (505) 892-1469
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (S)High Desert RV Park (505) 839-9035
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (S)High Desert RV Park (505) 839-9035
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (S)High Desert RV Park (505) 839-9035
Primitive Camping CampgroundRio Rancho, NM
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (E)7-11 (505) 892-1469
Swimming Swim Area30+ Miles (N)McCauley Warm Springs (575) 829-3535
Body of Water Water BodyOn SiteRio Puerco River
Boating Launch Boat Ramp30+ Miles (N)Cochiti Lake Boat Ramp (505) 465-0307
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