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Wills and Hubbell Canyon

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Willie White Area Trails, Wills and Willie White ATV Trails, Lincoln National Forest, Sacramento Ranger District, Water Canyon Road, Willie White Trail, Wills Canyon Trail, Upper Wills Canyon Trail, Hubbell Canyon Trail, Sacramento Mountains, Rio Penasco River, Bluff Springs

Last Known StatusOpen

At one time this area was a network of railroad grades from the 1920’s but has since been converted to multiple use trails. The trails are marked and looped and wind through a mixed conifer pine forest. Highlights include scenic views of the Sacramento Mountains and wide grassy meadows.

The terrain is mostly hard packed and narrow with occasional loose chunk rocks. The trails are open year-round and is a popular place to escape the desert heat.

Nearby Bluff Springs offers primitive camping, picnic sites and a pleasant hiking trail that leads to a waterfall. There is no fee charged but there are no services so come prepared.

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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. (AK, AL, FL, GA, HI, IL, KS, KY, MS, NC, NE, 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 WidthYes (50 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
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
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on the trail
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityCloudcroft, NM
AddressUpper Rio Penasco Road, Cloudcroft, NM 88317
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From: Cloudcroft, NM
For the Willie White Staging Area:
1) Take the Sunspot Hwy south about 8.5 miles
2) Turn left (east) onto Upper Rio Penasco Road, continue about 2.5 miles
3) Staging area is on the right (south).

For the Hubbell Canyon Staging Area:
4) Continue east past the Willie White Staging Area about 7 miles
5) Turn right (south) onto Wills Canyon Road, continue about 9 miles toward the staging area.


Contact InfoLincoln National Forest - Sacramento District
4 Lost Lodge Road
Cloudcroft, NM 88317
(575) 682-2551
Contact InfoNew Mexico Game And Fish
1 Wildlife Way
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 476-8000
(888) 248-6866
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Miles Of Trail10
Climate TypeForest
Elevation8000 to 9350 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis national forest has no roads.None
ShadeThis national forest has some shaded areas.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 no expert terrain.None


Gasoline GasolineCloudcroft, NM
Diesel DieselCloudcroft, NM
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (E)Camp of the Tall Pines (575) 687-4101
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (E)Camp of the Tall Pines (575) 687-4101
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (E)Camp of the Tall Pines (575) 687-4101
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (E)Bluff Springs (575) 682-2551
Convenience Store Conv StoreCloudcroft, NM
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