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La Ventana Trail

Friday, April 28, 2023

Other Names

La Ventana Trail, New Mexico

Last Known StatusOpen

This scenic 4x4 road forms a 16 mile loop with numerous scenic views of rugged mountains, canyons and mesas. The trail winds by sand washes, rocky boulders, scattered juniper trees and sage brush.

The road is mostly hard packed and wide with a few sandy sections and occasional loose chunk rock. The terrain is rated as mostly easy but there are several sections that have steep declines which can be moderately challenging.

There is no single track trails but the area is a good spot for beginners or those looking for an easy day ride on an ATV or UTV. There is no water or amenities so bring your own supplies.

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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 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
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedvehicles must stay on trail
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandBLM, Elk Springs ACEC




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityCuba, NM
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Rio Rancho, NM
1) Take Hwy 550 North about 60 miles
2) Look for dirt road on the right (east), stage here.


Contact InfoBLM - Rio Puerco Field Office
100 Sun Avenue, NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
(505) 761-8798



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Approx Size9,485 acres (15 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail16
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation6500 to 8000 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 little sandy areas.Little
MudThe trail has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has few trees.Few
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis BLM land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis BLM land has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis BLM land has mostly roads.Mostly
ShadeThis BLM land has few shaded areas.Few
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has little intermediate level terrain.Little
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has no expert terrain.None



Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (N)Circle K (575) 289-3503
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (N)Circle K (575) 289-3503
Potable Water Water30+ Miles (S)Stagecoach Stop RV Park (505) 867-1000
RV Hookups RV Hookup30+ Miles (S)Stagecoach Stop RV Park (505) 867-1000
RV Dump Station RV Disposal30+ Miles (S)Stagecoach Stop RV Park (505) 867-1000
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (NE)Clear Creek Campground (575) 289-3264
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (N)Circle K (575) 289-3503
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