20 miles northeast of Carlsbad, the Hackberry Lake Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area offers over 55,000 acres of rolling stabilized dune lands and cliffs managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The area is open for intensive use of motorcycles, sand dune buggies, and other OHVs. Trails within the area take advantage of a variety of soils and topographic features, which include many turns and steep hill climbs. Routes go from shallow rocky, loamy soil on low hills to deep alluvial soils with sandy inclusions. The trails travel across small draws and along the bottom of deep arroyos. The area also includes a sand dune complex. Self-contained camping is allowed but there are no restrooms or drinking water on site. This is a no fee area.
COVID-19 Rapid Response
- Temporarily Closed:
- Status and Offerings Details: Following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities, some BLM New Mexico offices are temporarily restricting public access to some recreation areas. Visitors may continue to enjoy BLM trails and open space areas. For more information, please visit https://www.blm.gov/alert/nm-covid-19-updates.