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The high wall, needle-like spires of the Organ Mountains curve dramatically around a semicircle of Chihuahuan Desert habitat at the Aguirre Spring Campground. The campground, nestled at the base of spectacular cliffs, overlooks the Tularosa Basin and White Sands National Monument. Alligator juniper, gray oak, mountain mahogany and sotol are a few of the abundant plant species here. Seasonal springs and streams occur in the canyon bottoms, with a few perennial springs that support riparian habitats. From April to October, the entrance gate is open from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. From October until April, it is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Walking up to the Baylor Peak was a risky but interesting and beautiful adventure. Walking on the Baylor Canyon Pass Trail was easy; you do not gain too much elevation, the hard part appeared when I started to walk up from the Baylor Pass. The rocky and very steep trail was difficult to walk, especially the ridge near the peak, but it was worth the effort, being on top of the peak was an exciting experience.

Amazing what a little water can do to a desert mountain range!

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1 month ago

This is a very nice trail. In this time of spring, the plants begin to bloom and the trees to turn green, you are walking in a forest full of trees and pines. Although some sections are steep with some rocks, this is not an impediment to walk the trail, it is not difficult.. Amazing view of the Organ Mountains, and all the scenery, fantastic!

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Beautiful wildflowers such as verbena, apache plume and monkey flower along the stream.

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1 month ago

This is a nice, very well maintained loop hike. I would only call it moderate because it has a steeper grade. Not nearly as steep as the trails up A-Mountain in Cruces. It has nice rock steps cut throughout, and it would be pretty hard to get lost. Hiking in spring, it was one of the greener hikes I've seen in this part of the world, and I enjoyed it. It also had a nice view out over the missile range and the desert.

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1 month ago

Loved the hike! Great views! I would consider it a strenuous hike however due to the deep incline and elevation at the beginning. The downhill was super awesome, but be careful. There are a lot of rocks you have to step and climb over.

Very difficult trail to follow at times, not well marked. We wandered off the trail a couple times and did some bouldering. The views were amazing!

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1 month ago

Great hike. Couple creeks were flowing nicely throughout. Done this hike a couple times before and this was the first time I've seen any water flowing. Took my dogs along and they had a great time. Weather was cool and overcast so it was perfect for hiking. One suggestion for those with weak knees is take along a pair of hiking poles if you plan to do this hike. This trail is very rocky.

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1 month ago

Fun trail for a back by noon hike. Well maintained trail, good views and plenty of nice shady spots to take a break from the sun. Springs and creek were flowing pretty good for a high desert trail.

Baylor Canyon Pass trail tops my list of trails in the Las Cruces area. With inspiring views, peaceful silence, wildlife, and a well maintained yet rugged trail, you can't go wrong.