Glade Run Recreation Area

Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico.

A great spot for the weekend warrior, the Glade Run Recreation Area (GRRA) is comprised of 19,000 acres of sandy arroyos, slick rock and rolling terrain. Vegetation is sparse, primarily consisting of common grasses, rabbitbrush, sagebrush, junipers, and pinyons.

The recreation area is split into two off-highway vehicle use zones. The northern three-quarters of the Glade are managed for limited trail use and 3,800 acres on the south end are managed as an open OHV area. Approximately 42 miles of marked trails for motorized trail bike and mountain bike riders are located in the limited OHV portion of the Glade. Challenging slick rock and wide sandy washes provide fun for off road enthusiasts in the open OHV section.

Rock crawling, an extreme form of off road driving using vehicles, from stock to highly modified, to surmount obstacles, is a popular activity. In rock crawling, drivers maneuver four-wheel-drive vehicles over very harsh terrain. Driving locations include boulders, slickrock, mountain foothills, rock piles, mountain trails, etc. Rockcrawling is about slow-speed, careful, precise driving. Rock crawlers often drive up, down and across obstacles that would appear impassable to the average person.

The Brown Springs OHV Area within GRRA is approximately 2.5 miles north of Pinon Hills Blvd. on County Road 1980.

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The recreation area lies between NM State Highways 170, 574, and 516 with multiple entry points on dirt roads.

From Farmington, take Piñon Hills Blvd. and turn north onto the main Glade Road, County Road 1980. Travel north 2 miles to the Glade entrance and the open OHV area. To access the trail system from Piñon Hills, turn north onto College Blvd., travel approximately 1.2 miles just beyond Piedra Vista High School and Lions Wilderness Park.

From Flora Vista, turn west onto County Road 3535 from highway 516. Follow the road until the pavement ends, take a left onto non-county maintained road 3536 and travel about 1.5 miles. Access to the Glade is also available from the north. Take NM 574 approximately 6.5 miles from La Plata Highway and turn south onto the main Glade road.

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