This Little Known Wilderness Area In New Mexico Is The Perfect Place To Get Away From It All

Imagine standing on a mesa and turning in a slow circle. The surrounding land stretches out in every direction, a textured tapestry of hoodoos and rock formations in colors ranging from bleached cream to deep red. There isn’t another person in sight. This might sound like the opening of a New Age visualization video but it’s an accurate description of the Ojito Wilderness. There, you’ll find solitude and stark beauty in equal measure. It’s the perfect place to get away from it all.

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This blend of drone and timelapse footage gives an idea of the vast scale of this wilderness area.

The main entrance to the Ojito Wilderness is off U.S. 550, near San Ysidro. Make a left onto County Road 906 (also called Cabezon Road), stay to the left and then drive for about 10 miles – the wilderness area is marked with signs.

There are many gorgeous hiking trails throughout New Mexico – some in populated areas, others in truly remote ones. If you’d like to escape the bustle of city life for a longer period of time, plan a visit to one of New Mexico’s slow-paced small towns. As the 5th largest state in terms of size but only the 36th biggest in terms of population, there are no shortages of stunning retreats in the Land of Enchantment.