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Farmington Dunes OHV Area

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Dunes Vehicle Recreation Area, Head Canyon OHV Area, Dunes OHV Area

Last Known StatusOpen

This large open area offers about 800 acres of desert trails, steep to moderate hill climbs, sandy arroyo bottoms and dunes surrounded by tall sandstone walls. The area is open year-round but the main entrance road may be impassable during inclement weather. There is no water or other services except for a vault toilet so come prepared.

Shade is limited as the area mainly consists of scattered scrub brush and juniper trees. Camping is permitted but is primitive. An active gravel and sand pit along with private property sections lie to the north.

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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 FlagsNot Required
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 Camping
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingYes
Trail BlazingSome Areas
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails, MX Track, Off-Road Dunes
MX TRACK  Motocross Track
Max Engine SizeNo Maximum
Min Engine SizeNo Minimum




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityFarmington, NM
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From: Farmington, NM
1) Take Hwy 371 south (Bisti Hwy) about 1.5 miles.
2) Main entrance is on the right (west).


Contact InfoBLM - Farmington Field Office
1235 La Plata Highway
Farmington, NM 87401
(505) 564-7600
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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Farmington Dunes OHV Area

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Approx Size800 acres (1 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail20
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation5400 to 6000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceUnknown
Loose DirtThis OHV area has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe OHV area has little hard pack terrain.Little
SandThis OHV area has mostly sandy areas.Mostlypaddle or sand tire recommended for best experience
MudThe OHV area has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe OHV area has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis OHV area has some rocks.Some
TreesThe OHV area has few trees.Few
Steep HillsThis OHV area has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe OHV area has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis OHV area has some small jumps.Some
Large JumpsThis OHV area has some large jumps.Some
BermsThe OHV area has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis BLM land has few sand or gravel pits.Few
Single TrackThis BLM land has some single track trails.Some
RoadsThis BLM land has no roads.None
ShadeThis BLM land has few shaded areas.Few
Ranges/GunfireThis BLM land has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
HazardsThis OHV area has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
scattered active gas wells
Easy Terrain NoviceThis OHV area has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis OHV area has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis OHV area has little expert terrain.Little


Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (N)Shell Westside Quickmart (505) 324-0365
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (N)Shell Westside Quickmart (505) 324-0365
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (NE)Mom & Pop RV Park (505) 327-3200
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (NE)Mom & Pop RV Park (505) 327-3200
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (NE)Mom & Pop RV Park (505) 327-3200
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (N)Shell Westside Quickmart (505) 324-0365
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