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Glade Run Recreation Area

Biking Route
Fat tires enjoy Glade Run's challenges... – BLM

A great spot for the weekend warrior, the Glade Run Recreation Area 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. 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.

Biking, hiking, horseback, OHV.

None. Restrooms and drinking water are not available


Open year-round.
The road may become impassible in bad weather. Portions of the Glade Run Recreation Area may be closed to the public for short periods during authorized competitions or events.

Special Rules•Ride only in areas or on trails open for use.•

All travel in the Limited OHV Area is restricted to maintained oilfield roads, on trails and two tracks that are designated and signed, or in dry, unvegetated wash bottoms that are wider than the widest part of your vehicle.

•All overnight use requires a permit.•Firewood gathering is prohibited.•All shooting is prohibited.•Permits are required for commercial, competitive and organized group events.

Route Directions

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.

Signs are posted at most entrances. Private property is located inside the recreation area and around the Glade boundary. Respect private property and protect your right to ride; ride only where allowed.

Route Length

Approximately 42 miles of marked trails for motorized trail bike and mountain bike riders are located in the limited OHV portion of the Glade.


Route Difficulty

Challenging - Route includes Difficult Sections Best Suited for Skilled Riders

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