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Mescalero Sand Dunes

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Mescalero Dunes, Roswell

Last Known StatusOpen

This area is open year-round and offers 610 acres of sand dunes. Camping is permitted but there are no water or electric hookups so come prepared.

Some basic amenities are available such as picnic tables, shelters and BBQ grills which can be found at the Cottonwood area. The Northern Bowl area also has picnic tables and some sun shelters. Whip flags and sand tires are recommended.

The dune area is just about 30 miles east of Roswell, which is known for an alleged flying saucer crash during the summer of 1947. The city also hosts the annual Roswell UFO Festival in July which draws thousands of people across the world.

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Permit RequiredYesNM OHV Permit
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedYesResidents of any state without an OHV registration program must purchase a Nonresident OHV Use Permit. (AL, AK, FL, GA, HI, IL, KS, KY, MS, NE, NC, OK, SC, SD, TN, VA, WV)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsWhip Flags Recommended For Safety
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome AreasRV camping permitted in staging areas.
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingYes
Rule Enforcement


AreaOff-Road Dunes


EntryYes ($3.00 per person)
two or more passengers in vehicle - $5
Tent: $5.00
RV: $5.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityRoswell, NM
Address2nd Street, Roswell, NM 88203
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Dune MapGo To Dune Map
From: Roswell, NM
1) Take Hwy 380 east about 35 miles
2) Look for gravel road between mile post 193 and 194, turn right (south) here
3) Continue about 1 mile toward the sand dunes.


Contact InfoBLM - Roswell Field Office
2909 W. Second Street
Roswell, NM 88201-2019
(575) 627-0272
Contact InfoNew Mexico Game And Fish
1 Wildlife Way
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(888) 248-6866
(505) 476-8000
CommentOHV Permit Info


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Mescalero Sand Dunes Dune Area

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Approx Size610 acres (1 sq mi)
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation4100 to 4200 ft.
Trail MaintenanceUnknown
Loose DirtThis dune area has no loose dirt.None
Hard PackThe dune area has no hard pack terrain.None
SandThis dune area has almost all sandy areas.Allpaddle or sand tire recommended for best experience
MudThe dune area has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe dune area has no dust on typical days.None
RocksThis dune area has no rocks.None
TreesThe dune area has few trees.Fewhandful of mature cottonwood trees
Steep HillsThis dune area has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe dune area has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis dune area has many small jumps.Many
Large JumpsThis dune area has some large jumps.Some
Single TrackThis BLM land has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis BLM land has no roads.None
ShadeThis BLM land has few shaded areas.Fewstaging areas have a few gazebos
HazardsThis dune area has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Beware of diamondback rattlesnakes in and around dunes.
Easy Terrain NoviceThis dune area has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis dune area has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis dune area has some expert terrain.Some


Gasoline Gasoline30+ Miles (W)Shell (575) 624-2414
Diesel Diesel30+ Miles (W)Shell (575) 624-2414
Potable Water Water30+ Miles (W)Bottomless Lakes State Park (575) 624-6058
RV Hookups RV Hookup30+ Miles (W)Bottomless Lakes State Park (575) 624-6058
RV Dump Station RV Disposal30+ Miles (W)Bottomless Lakes State Park (575) 624-6058
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store30+ Miles (W)Shell (575) 624-2414
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