CAPTAIN SWOOP'S
NEW MEXICO 4x4 TRAIL LIBRARY:


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Ahoy! Welcome to Cap'n Swoop's New Mexico Trails page! I'm in the process of keelhauling this entire section of the website.

Due to many requests, I am putting the Trails section back up before all the different sections are completed, so please keep checking back if so part you visited isn't working yet, as I have lots of new material I'll be adding!

!! WARNING !!
YOUR TRAILS ARE IN DANGER! If you haven't heard, the US Forest Service is currently proposing the complete shutdown of a massive number of trails in the Santa Fe National Forest sometime in 2009, many other forest areas have already begun closing trails or entered the planning phase for doing so. While the total mileage of the closed trails in the SFNF supposedly equals about 51% of what is there now (looks like a lot more than that on the new map), the vast majority of the remaining "open" trails are well maintained forest roads that a passenger car could travel. This means that with very few exceptions, almost every trail with any amount of challenge, including ones that lead to some of the most scenic spots in the Jemez Mountains, will be off limits sometime in 2009.

Because of this, some of the trails listed here may be officially closed. Where possible, maps indicating the only 'authorized' open paths in these areas will be posted along with the original trail information (for reference purposes). Be aware that heavy fines are likely for anyone caught violating the closures.

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TRAIL INFORMATION POINTS OF INTEREST TRAIL TIPS & EQUIPMENT OFF ROAD VIDEOS

 

Farmington Grants Carson Gila Albuquerque Pecos Jemez Socorro Las Cruces Lincoln NF
OHV TRAIL AREAS
IN NEW MEXICO

Because a lot of the trails in this state can be pretty rugged (and different people have a different definition of what "rugged" is), so a good idea is to go with someone you know who knows the area (click for info on clubs), but this isn't always possible. The aim of this trail listing is to give you enough information to be aware of what you are getting into before you go. Click an area on the map to be taken to an index of trails in that area. These trail pages contain information such as:

  • Road directions to the area

  • GPS coordinates of trailheads

  • Topo and Satellite maps where available

  • Terrain descriptions

  • Information on nearby Points Of Interest

  • Photos and Video of the trail where available

 

POINTS OF INTEREST

New Mexico isn't called the "Land Of Enchantment" for no reason, and a lot of these reasons are often a very near popular off roading areas. Whether you are looking for a primo camping spot, breathtaking views for your photo album, a day trip to wow visiting family, or spots to enjoy other outdoor hobbies, there is likely something here for you!

Click an area on the map

Northwest Northeast North Central Central Southwest Southeast

 

TRAIL TIPS & TRICKS

New to the off-road craze? Or new to the desert southwest? This section contains useful information on what to carry, what to do when things don't go as planned, and even a few useful but inexpensive modifications for your vehicle.

CLICK HERE FOR 4X4 TIPS & TRICKS

OFF ROADING VIDEOS

Cheap, compact video cameras make it easy to record your 4x4 moments (triumphant or embarrassing) and put it on the web! All the videos - from mild to wild- used in different parts of this website can be seen in one location here:

NEW MEXICO OFF ROADING VIDEOS

 

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