TAOS, N.M. (AP) — For the first time, the Sabinoso Wilderness in northeastern New Mexico is accessible to the general public for hunting, fishing and other recreational activities.
The 16,000-acre area contains some of the most pristine habitat in the country for elk, mule deer and other wildlife.
It was previously wholly surrounded by non-federal land, making it inaccessible to the public.
However, a donation of about 3,600 acres formerly known as the Rimrock Rose Ranch that are adjacent to Sabinoso Wilderness was accepted by Interior Department and Bureau of Land Management.
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The Sabinoso now connects with neighboring BLM-managed land, making it publicly accessible for the first time since its congressional designation as a wilderness area in 2009.