Organ Mountains Recreation Area

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Organ Mountains Recreation Area

New Mexico

(505) 627-0272

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Things To Do

Overview

The dry, dramatic Organ Mountains peak at The Needles, stand above Las Cruces, and are over 9,000 feet in elevation. The mountains are so named because of the steep, needle-like spires that resemble the pipes of an organ. Spread out across Organ Mountain Recreational Area are such features as the Dripping Springs Natural Area at the old Cox Ranch, the 57-site Aguirre Springs campground, the Soledad Canyon day use area and numerous trails. Some trails, like the Baylor Pass National Recreation Trail and the Pine Tree Loop Trail, offer stunning views of both the Rio Grande Valley and the Tularosa Basin to the east. To the south is the Sierra Vista trail, a 27-mile mountain bike and equestrian trail that extends to the Texas border.

This area encompasses a wealth of habitats containing great biological diversity, including four endemic wildflower species, the endangered Organ Mountains evening primrose and other rare plants, and a race of the Colorado chipmunk.

Map of Organ Mountains Rec. Area

Latitude, Longitude: 32.385615, -106.570215

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    The Sierra Vista trail is a 27-mile mountain bike and equestrian trail that extends to the Texas border.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    There are miles of scenic driving in the Organ Mountains Recreational Area.

  • Camping

    The 57-site Aguirre Springs campground is available for visitors looking to stay overnight.

  • Hiking

    Trails like the Baylor Pass National Recreation Trail and the Pine Tree Loop Trail offer stunning views of both the Rio Grande Valley and the Tularosa Basin to the east.

  • Horseback Riding

    The Sierra Vista trail is a 27-mile mountain bike and equestrian trail that extends to the Texas border.

  • Hunting

    In season, there is hunting available in the area.

  • Picnicking

    There are picnicking facilities available, as well as access to restrooms.

Directions

Driving

East of Las Cruces US 70 or Dripping Springs Road.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(505) 627-0272

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