Respect the Nambé Pueblo and the Pueblo of Pojoaque

The Nambé Badlands is an important place for many.

This was true long ago, it is true now, and it will be in the future.

Please Do Not Trespass on the Tribal Lands

Overview map of the Nambe Badlands Showing Trails that Existed Before 2011

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Nambé Badlands, part of the BLM Sombrillo Area of Environment Concern, borders the tribal lands of the Pueblo of Pojoaque and Nambé Pueblo.   Starting in 2019, the accelerated use of the Nambé Badlands has witnessed groups of mountain bikers riding on the lands of  Nambé and Pojoaque, and in some cases intentionally “burning in” new trails on these sacred lands!

Please Stay Off the Tribal Lands!

Non-tribal members are not allowed to hike, bike, horseback ride, or be present in any way on the tribal lands of  Nambé Pueblo or the Pueblo of Pojoaque.

With the increased recreational usage of the BLM Nambé Badlands mountain bikers and hikers are being seen riding on the adjacent tribal lands.  One a few cases, when neighbors living in the County Road 113 area notified outdoor recreationists that they were on tribal lands, they continued to trespass on the tribal lands.

The Native American land here has belonged to the Pueblos of Nambé and Pojoaque hundreds of years before the BLM even existed.   Please respect the people of these pueblos by staying off their land.  Archeological and cultural sites exist all throughout the area.  These lands are sacred to them.

Many of the trails in the BLM Sombrillo Area of Environmental Concern are within feet of these tribal lands.  If you are not 100% sure you are public BLM land while recreating here, please return to where you know you are on BLM.

With the increased use of the BLM Nambe Badlands, the tribal law enforcement rangers and the Bureau of Indian Affairs Federal Police are increasing their patrols of this area.

Please stay off the tribal lands!

Please Respect Cultural Resources in the Nambé Badlands

Cultural resources are a sensitive component of the Sombrillo Area of Critical Environmental Concern and the Nambé Badlands.

Please avoid walking or biking over any areas where you see historical artifacts (e.g. Native American pottery shards, tools, or ruins).

It is against the law[1]Title 16 U.S.C. 470 EE Archaeological Resources Protection Act and 36 CFR 261.9 to remove any cultural resources from federal public lands.

An illegal mountain bike trail (constructed circa 2020) crossing over ancient Native American pottery sherds in the Sombrillo Area of Critical Concern.

Tribal Police Contact Information
for both
Nambé and Pojoaque Pueblo

Main Office

PH: (505) 455-2295

Pojoaque Tribal Police website

If you see anyone trespassing on either Nambé Pueblo Land or Pojoaque Pueblo Land please call 505-455-2295

Nambé:  Pueblo of Nambé, or Nanbé Owingeh, is the Spanish interpretation of the Tewa word “nanbe’”, which roughly translates as “rounded earth”. Nanbé Owingeh served as a primary cultural and religious center for the northern New Mexican pueblo communities and has existed at its current site since the 14th century.

PojoaqueP’osuwaege Owingeh, Pojoaque Pueblo was settled around 500 AD, with the population peaking in the 15th and 16th centuries.


1 Title 16 U.S.C. 470 EE Archaeological Resources Protection Act and 36 CFR 261.9
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