Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, Las Cruces

4.8
The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument is a United States National Monument in the state of New Mexico, managed by the Bureau of Land Management as part of the National Landscape Conservation System.
The 496,330acre monument is located in the Mesilla Valley in southern New Mexico, surrounding the city of Las Cruces in Doña Ana County. The protected area includes several mountain ranges of the Chihuahuan Desert. The five identified as being within the national monument are the Robledo Mountains, Sierra de las Uvas, Doña Ana Mountains, Organ Mountains and Potrillo Mountains. The Prehistoric Trackways National Monument is nearby. The monument protects a large variety of geological, paleontological and archaeological resources.
President Barack Obama designated the monument on May 21, 2014. Half of the monument is designated wilderness and closed to development or motorized use.
For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Las Cruces holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
Source
Create an itinerary including Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
79 reviews
Google
4.8
TripAdvisor
  • Natural Beauty at it's finest! Enjoy this very FUN family friendly adventure. Wonderful trails to choose from. Take an easy hike or a more challenging hike... Just get out and do it!  more »
  • this place is absolutely beautiful and full of history. the hike is pretty easy, and can be done in about an hour, but you should take your time  more »
Google
  • How had I never heard of this? Going into these mountains was like entering another world. Loved everything about it. The climb to the top of Organ Needle is a beast. Highly recommend starting very early, if you’re trying to get to the top. We hiked in & camped at the base of the peak. Pretty much all dry from what I could tell, so carry in plenty of water!
  • The Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument is extensive and offers a wide variety of terrain to the visitor. The most visited part, Dripping Springs, in the Organ Mountains offers a pleasant, easy hike up to an abandoned TB sanitarium. In dry periods, which is most of the time, the springs themselves are hardly to be seen. After a big rainfall, usually in the summer, a magnificent waterfall runs behind the old sanitarium. A variety of desert plants and animals, especially birds, are also found here. Some are found only in these mountains. Hiking opportunities are also found at Soledad Canyon, the Rabbit Ears and Aguirre Springs on the east side of the mountains as well as at other parts of the monument away from the mountains. Camping is available at Aguirre Springs. Reservations are needed from late spring through early fall.

Plan your trip to Las Cruces

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Side trips from Las Cruces

4.8
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.9
Duration: 2​h
4.6
Duration: 8​h

Hidden gems in Las Cruces

4.9
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.5
Duration: 2​h
4.7
Duration: 2​h
4.8
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Museums in Las Cruces

4.5
Duration: 2​h
4.2
Duration: 1​h 30​min
3.3
Duration: 2​h

Nearby attractions in Las Cruces

4.5
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.8
Duration: 30​min
4.5
Duration: 2​h
4.8
Duration: 2​h

Golf in Las Cruces

4.1
Duration: 4​h
3.7
Duration: 4​h