New Mexico: Haystack Mountain OHV Area

Roswell, N.M.

The Haystack Mountain OHV Area features 1,920 acres of trails to ride. Enthusiasts can find the proper terrain for their skill levels, from rock to sandy washes to deep gullies with difficult hill climbs.

Perched on rugged breaks overlooking the Pecos River, the Haystack Mountain OHV Area is designed for OHVs no wider than 50 inches. Haystack Mountain's parking lot is big enough for easy loading and unloading of machines and is used as a staging area for large events.

It also has single-track trails that are ideal for mountain biking.

OHV use, motorcycle riding, mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, nature viewing and watching wildlife are all allowed at the area.

Camping is allowed in pullouts next to the sun shelters and in the large gravel parking lot used for parking and events. Disbursed camping is allowed within the entire area, but there are only OHV trails to acess the interior of the area for camping.

The area has several picnic sites complete with shelters, tables and grills. Toilet facilities are available but no portable water is available.

The Haystack Mountain OHV area, on Federal Bureau of Land Management land, is 22 miles northeast of Roswell, just off U.S. 70.

Anyone operating an OHV on BLM land must do so in accordance with state laws and regulations concerning use, standards, registration, operation and inspection of off-road vehicles.

Unless you are exempt by the New Mexico Department of Motor Vehicles, you must register your off-highway vehicle and affix the registration plate to your vehicle.

Anyone operating an OHV on public land must have a valid state license or learners permit unless the individual is under the direct supervision of a person 18 or older who has a valid operator's license and who is responsible for the acts of the person being supervised or the person is certified by state government as competent to ride off-road vehicles after successfully completing a state-approved operator's training program.

Tips for riding at Haystack: Know your limitations; ride with a partner; always wear a helmet; eye protection and protective clothing; make sure each rider in your group has a map and knows where the party is headed, and be familiar with your vehicle and keep it in good working condition.

Also, expect the unexpected. Take plenty of water and high-energy food. Pack a first-aid kit. Avoid running out of gas and carry tools needed for minor repairs.

Plus, remember that operating an OHV requires a high degree of skill and judgment. Don't use drugs or drink alcohol.