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  • Eastern New Mexico Wheeling?

    I realize this is the EAST TEXAS Jeep Club, but I just wondered if anyone here has a few favorite offroad venues in New Mexico?

    I'm not looking for technical rock crawling, but, at the same time, I would like something rougher than a poorly maintained county road.

    I've seen several websites suggesting places to wheel, but I feel more comfortable with someone local who has gone eyes-on.

    Perhaps a nice "overlanding" route?

    Thanks for your help.

    Bryan
    Last edited by JAFOG; 03-01-2019, 03:51 PM.

  • #2
    sjlplat lived in New Mexico. I will see if he will help you out.
    2016 Wrangler 2 Door Willys
    Current Mods: Daystar Hood Wranglers, Cobra 29 LTD, MetalCloak 2.5" Dual Rate Springs, Fox IFP Shocks, Rock Krawler Adjustable Control Arms & Bumpstops, Currie AntiRock Front, Teraflex Front & Rear Trackbar, Synergy 1.75" Wheel Spacers, Teraflex tire carrier, 295/70/17 General Grabber X3

    On Order:
    Rock Hard Crossmember and Oil/Trans Skid

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    • #3
      Some of my favorites:

      Quebradas - East of Socorro

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      North Baldy - West of Socorro

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      Capitan - North of Ruidoso

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      San Lorenzo Canyon - West of San Acacia

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      - 1988 XJ Base - I don't actually drive it. It just sits in the driveway while I throw parts at it.

      - 1990 XJ Laredo - Old and busted, but it'll get the job done!

      - 1994 XJ Base 2-door - Where'd the other doors go?

      - 1996 XJ Sport - It's red. What else can I say?

      - 1997 XJ Country - My wife wanted something "pretty".

      - 1998 XJ Limited - Cheap and leathery.

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      • #4
        If you're in the Albuquerque area, the local spot is the Rio Puerco, West of Rio Rancho. There's an endless amount of exploring you can do out on the West Mesa.

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        - 1988 XJ Base - I don't actually drive it. It just sits in the driveway while I throw parts at it.

        - 1990 XJ Laredo - Old and busted, but it'll get the job done!

        - 1994 XJ Base 2-door - Where'd the other doors go?

        - 1996 XJ Sport - It's red. What else can I say?

        - 1997 XJ Country - My wife wanted something "pretty".

        - 1998 XJ Limited - Cheap and leathery.

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        • #5
          Wow, thanks guys!

          Initially, it will likely involve the Ruidoso / Cloudcroft area.

          Great pics!

          Then perhaps to the North.

          Bryan

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          • sjlplat
            sjlplat commented
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            For the Ruidoso area, check out Capitan. It's in the Lincoln National Forest. We used a topographical map to find an old logging road and stopped by the Ranger station to ask about it. They told us it was impassable, but we were welcome to go at our own risk. We ended up taking the full trail down and back in about a day with an XJ on 31's and a YJ on 32's running rear lockers only. Not too bad, really.

            North Baldy and Quebradas are about 1.5-hours West from Capitan.

        • #6
          looks like some fun wheeling!
          98 XJ 4.5" lift on 33s. bumper w/ 10K winch, lights
          locked front and rear
          cowl intake, CB and a lot of skinny pedal

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          • sjlplat
            sjlplat commented
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            One of the things I miss most about New Mexico: All this stuff is open to the public. No permits or fees to pay for access.

        • #7
          Looks like I need to get over there and do some wheeling. I have been wanting to make the Chille challenge in Las Cruses for awhile now.
          1997 TJ. Mostly Stock with a couple bolt on's!

          "My jeep practically drives its self"
          "Just Bump It"

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        • #8
          Try to check out Red River also. It offers some nice trails and sceneries.

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          • denverd1
            denverd1 commented
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            got a link? searched Red River trail, but came up with trail map the ski spot

        • #9
          2019 Chile Challenge : Oct 16-19
          98 XJ 4.5" lift on 33s. bumper w/ 10K winch, lights
          locked front and rear
          cowl intake, CB and a lot of skinny pedal

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