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Red Sands OHV Area

Friday, April 28, 2023

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Last Known StatusOpen

This large open ride area has no tall dunes but there are plenty of sandy play sections and some hard packed 4x4 trails. There is also offers plenty of room for parking and primitive camping, making this a good choice for large trailers.

The area is fenced in due to being bordered by a bombing range to the west and private property to the south. There are no services or shade so bring your own supplies. Safey flags are recommended.

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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 RequiredWhip 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 Camping
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails, Off-Road Dunes




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)


Nearest CityAlamogordo, NM
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Alamogordo, NM
1) Take US-54 South about 20 miles
2) Main entrance is on the right (west) between mile markers 44 & 45.


Contact InfoBLM - Las Cruces District
1800 Marquess Street
Las Cruces, NM 88005
(575) 525-4300
Contact InfoNew Mexico Game And Fish
1 Wildlife Way
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(888) 248-6866
(505) 476-8000
CommentOHV Permit Info


Red Sands OHV Area Photo

Red Sands OHV Area

Photo Submitted 3/14/2017 (Thanks!)

Red Sands OHV Area Photo

Red Sands OHV Area

Photo Submitted 3/14/2017 (Thanks!)

Red Sands OHV Area Photo

Red Sands OHV Area

Photo Submitted 3/14/2017 (Thanks!)


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Approx Size12,800 acres (20 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail100
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation4000 to 4050 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis OHV area has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe OHV area has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis OHV area has mostly sandy areas.Mostlypaddle or sand tire recommended for best experience
MudThe OHV area has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe OHV area has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis OHV area has little rocks.Little
TreesThe OHV area has no trees.None
Steep HillsThis OHV area has no steep hills.None
Water CrossingsThe OHV area has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis OHV area has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis OHV area has no large jumps.None
BermsThe OHV area has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis BLM land has almost all sand or gravel pits.All
Single TrackThis BLM land has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis BLM land has few roads.Few
HazardsThis OHV area has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Beware of open mine shafts.
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 no expert terrain.None


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (N)J & J Mini Market (575) 434-4317
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (N)J & J Mini Market (575) 434-4317
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (NE)Oliver Lee State Park Campground (575) 437-8284
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (NE)Oliver Lee State Park Campground (575) 437-8284
RV Dump Station RV Disposal30+ Miles (NW)Caballo Lake State Park (575) 743-3942
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (NE)Oliver Lee State Park Campground (575) 437-8284
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (N)J & J Mini Market (575) 434-4317
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