Back to Previous Page
Mescalero Sands North Dune OHV Area (BLM)
U.S. Highway 380 Roswell, NM 88201
Southeast
575-627-0272
Business Status

Open for Business

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 (Mescalero Sands Off-highway Vehicle Area and Campground are open, but are not being maintained or serviced by BLM personnel or volunteers. In addition, the bathrooms are closed). 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.


45 miles east of Roswell, over 610 acres of towering 90+ foot sand dunes await your enjoyment in the Mescalero Sands North Dune Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area. This area is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The dune field stretches over most of the area and lends itself well to all terrain cycles, sand rails, dune buggies, and motorcycles. It is $3/individuals, $5/vehicle, and $15/bus. Among the biggest surprises in the area are the mature cottonwood trees. The combination of a very shallow water table and the sand's capacity to hold water allows these trees to thrive in an arid environment. The Bowl Parking Area provides access to the northern portion of the dunes, which includes the "Bowl." The Bowl is a large depression surrounded by dunes. The Cottonwood Site provides access to the southern portion of the dunes and has three shelters equipped with picnic table, grills, and a restroom. There is no water available. Trails connect both portions of the dunes. There are also picnic tables at the site. RV camping is allowed in the north, middle, and south parking lots. Dispersed camping is allowed in the dunes away from the parking lots, but these areas can only be accessed by machines designed to go in soft sand.

Business Continuity
COVID-19 Rapid Response
  • Open For Business:
  • 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 (Mescalero Sands Off-highway Vehicle Area and Campground are open, but are not being maintained or serviced by BLM personnel or volunteers. In addition, the bathrooms are closed). 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.