Green with Envy, The Latest Trails from New Mexico

The Latest Trails from New Mexico

Harry WagnerPhotographer, Writer

From Farmington in the north to Las Cruces in the south, New Mexico is famous for some of the best rockcrawling trails in the nation. The middle of state is not exempt from the fun either, as we discovered on a trail ride near Truth or Consequences (yes, that is really the name of the town) organized by Curtis Hill of DGI Off Road. Curtis has been working with the local BLM office to establish trails in seasonal washes and canyons in the Green Canyon area. In fact, last year the famous Chile Challenge moved from Las Cruces to T or C, largely as a result of Hill’s efforts. Instead of being held in February, the Chile Challenge changed to October as well, as to not compete for time against King of the Hammers.

Before the Chile Challenge came to town though, our group of Jeeps ran Green Canyon, which offered enough lines to challenge everyone from full-bodied TJs on 35s to rock monsters with 47-inch-tall tires and rear steer. From the Green Canyon, the big boys peeled off from the rest of the group to hit The Bone. Soon, they were peeling tires off of wheels and leaf springs from their mounts. If our trip was any indication, Truth or Consequences will be as popular with hardcore wheelers as Farmington and Las Cruces in the near future.