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Gordys Hill OHV Area

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Socorro Valley, Gordy's Hill Area, Johnson Hill

Last Known StatusOpen

This large open area offers miles of sand washes, miles of desert trails, sandstone and limestone bluffs, deep canyons and scenic views of the Rio Grande Valley. Vegetation is sparse and mainly consists of scattered scrub brush. Camping is permitted and free but is primitive so bring your own supplies. The Annual Socorro Valley 100 is held here in the fall and is hosted by the New Mexico Desert Racing Club.

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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 CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingYes
Rule Enforcement


Approx Size6,000 acres (9 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail200
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation4600 to 5000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceUnknown
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has some sandy areas.Some
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has no trees.None
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has some small jumps.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis BLM land has no sand or gravel pits.None
ShadeThis BLM 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


AreaMotorized Trails


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (SW)Conoco (575) 835-9107
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (SW)Conoco (575) 835-9107
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (W)Escondida Lake Park (575) 835-2041 or (575) 835-4005
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (W)Escondida Lake Park (575) 835-2041 or (575) 835-4005
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (W)Escondida Lake Park (575) 835-2041 or (575) 835-4005
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (W)Escondida Lake Park (575) 835-2041 or (575) 835-4005
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SW)John Brooks Super Mart (575) 835-1553




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CitySocorro, NM
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Albuquerque, NM
1) Take I-25 South about 70 miles to Exit 152
2) Turn left (east) off the exit ramp on the frontage road and follow to the north to Escondido Lake
3) Turn right (east) and cross over Rio Grande River, continue about .75 miles
4) Turn left (north) at the T-intersection on Johnson Hill County Road, continue about 1 mile to staging area.


Contact InfoBLM - Socorro Field Office
901 S. Highway 85
Socorro, NM 87801-4168
(575) 835-0412
Contact InfoNew Mexico Game And Fish
1 Wildlife Way
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(888) 248-6866
(505) 476-8000
CommentOHV Permit Info


Gordys Hill Trail Photo

Gordys Hill OHV Area Trail

Photo Submitted 12/25/2018 (Thanks!)

Gordys Hill Trail Photo

Gordys Hill OHV Area Trail

Photo Submitted 5/18/2019 (Thanks!)

Gordys Hill Trail Photo

Gordys Hill OHV Area Trail

Photo Submitted 12/25/2018 (Thanks!)

Gordys Hill Trail Photo

Gordys Hill OHV Area Trail

Photo Submitted 12/25/2018 (Thanks!)

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