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Hackberry Lake OHV Area

Saturday, December 23, 2023

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99 Race Track Trails, Hackberry Lake Trail System

Last Known StatusOpen

This large area offers over 100 miles of desert trails that consists of hard packed and rocky 4x4 trails, fast single track, and challenging hill climbs. A separate dune area is located about 5 miles east past the main entrance for this trail system, but note that there is no direct OHV access between the two ride areas.

The main staging area has five sites, each with shade gazebo, a picnic table and garbage can but no water so come prepared. There is no fee charged for camping or riding but all OHVs must display a current New Mexico OHV Permit.

Please note that this area is a checkerboard of private and public land due to being located in the middle of an active oil field operation.

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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
Trail BlazingSome Areas
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityCarlsbad, NM
AddressShugart Road, Carlsbad, NM 88210
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Carlsbad, NM
1) Take US-180 East about 15 miles
2) Turn left (north) on SR-360, continue 5.7 miles
3) Turn right (east) on CR-222, continue about 1 mile
4) Staging area is on the left (north).


Contact InfoBLM - Carlsbad Field Office
620 E. Greene Street
Carlsbad, NM 88220
(575) 234-5972
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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Hackberry Lake OHV Area Trail

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Approx Size55,000 acres (86 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail100
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation3200 to 3300 ft.
Trail MaintenanceUnknown
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has some sandy areas.Some
DustThe trail has mostly dust on typical days.Mostly
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has no trees.None
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Single TrackThis BLM land has some single track trails.Some
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


Gasoline Gasoline20-30 Miles (SW)Chevron (575) 887-0496
Diesel Diesel20-30 Miles (SW)Chevron (575) 887-0496
Potable Water Water20-30 Miles (SW)Pecos River RV Park (575) 887-9835
RV Hookups RV Hookup20-30 Miles (SW)Pecos River RV Park (575) 887-9835
RV Dump Station RV Disposal20-30 Miles (SW)Pecos River RV Park (575) 887-9835
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store20-30 Miles (SW)Allsup's Convenience Store (575) 885-0724
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