More Protection for the Sabinoso Wilderness

A view of the Lagartija Creek property

May 1, 2020 – Defined by sheer canyon walls, rugged prairielands and never ending skies, the Sabinoso Wilderness is a high desert paradise located in northeastern New Mexico. This remote treasure was designated as wilderness in 2009 and since 2013 we have been working to further protect it.

We are happy to report we have completed the purchase of Lagartija Creek, a 320-acre parcel of land with high desert bluffs and vistas for miles that abuts the Sabinoso Wilderness boundary. By purchasing this property, we removed the threat of private development in this special corner of the Sabinoso.

We have now purchased nearly 4,800 acres adjacent to and within designated wilderness and national conservation lands in New Mexico, including the 4,176-acre Rimrock Rose Ranch, a majority of which was donated to the Bureau of Land Management in 2017. This donation expanded the Sabinoso Wilderness by 25 percent and opened public access to it for the first time since its designation.

We are grateful to our supporters who, even during this challenging time, continue to champion our work to protect our nation’s wilderness areas. Please take the time to share our work. Now more than ever, a little good news can go a long way.