Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Aguirre Springs National Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
23 days ago

What a gem! The views are fantastic wherever you look! The hike was challenging at times with large rocks to navigate. Be prepared by wearing good hiking boots as part of the trail is quite slippery due to sand and small stones. Numerous points along the trail to stop and appreciate! Found that going to the left or clockwise is preferable. Hope to return again for sure

hiking
25 days ago

Great morning hike!! Some areas were a little challenging for my dog, but overall it's a beautiful hike! Lots of shaded areas to stop and rest and take in the amazing views!

Great view of the Organ mountains and a nice variety of terrain. Enough elevation to be a workout, but nothing that would prohibit the whole family from enjoying.

Beautiful hike. It was crazy to see such greenery in the desert. Some great views. Hike was fairly moderate. At the start of the trail if you go right first it is a little more challenging cause u are climbing and if you go left first it is a steady climb but subtle.

The trail was interesting, flowering Cacti and stunning rock formations and desert landscape. Was mostly in the sun the entire hike which was as noted: moderate, it was long for me as I am not an avid hiker. Never saw rattlesnake or much of any wildlife creatures, beetles...heard an owl and until I returned near to the parking lot, was greeted by cows' and a bull blocking, for a moment... the path. Some areas of the hike slowed me down as it was more difficult terrain, and on the way back lost the trail but after testing a few I found my way. at what I understood to be the end of the trail, A flat area with beautiful views overlooking the White Sands base and beyond as well Las Cruces and beyond. I noticed somewhat of a trail continuing up to a higher peak and I attempted to follow, I got about 3/4 of the way up it and had to throw in the towel... UGH ! I slid coming down and scraped myself up abit. The trail going back was not much faster as it is gravelly and cumbersome. I only rested about 15 minutes the entire trail... I started at 1:20 and returned at 7:40, I'm 61 and in So-so shape...I brought fruit and water, found a hiking stick along the way. Binoculars would have been nice. Wear a hat and use Sunscreen. cell phone worked always-Verizon anyway.

Beautiful hike! Haven't hiked in a while. This hike was a bit difficult going up but with plenty of hydration and energy snacks, we made it through.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with amazing views over White Sands. Very quite and peaceful hike. Takes about 2hrs.

Update to my review from last weekend: today we hiked from the Baylor Canyon Trailhead on the Las Cruces side (west side) over to the Baylor Canyon Trailhead on the Aguirre Springs side (east side). We drove a car and left it in the parking lot at Aguirre Springs and then drove back to the west side of the mountains to commence the hike. Absolutely amazing hike. It took us about 4 hours, but we had our 10 year old with us, so it could be done quicker. The peak is absolutely incredible. This is such a beautiful trail. I recommend taking at least a large water bottle per person and taking a break to have some lunch at the peak. As I mentioned in my last review, wear lots of sunscreen because you are directly in the sun almost the entire hike. Also, we did this hike the last weekend of March and it was really warm. I would not do this hike during the summer months because of the extreme heat and lack of shade. Love this hike!!!

Trail is easy to follow, not too hard, not too easy! Beautiful at the top! Be sure to take a bottle of water per person, we hiked in last of March.

My son and I hiked this on 03/25, not too hot and a very good hike. Once past the Baylor peak pass the trail does get increasingly difficult, only due to the rock shards that can cause you to fall. Also, this time of the year the winds are very much an issue. It can cause you to fall if you are in a situation where your balance can be compromised. All in all a great hike that will raise your heart rate.

on Pine Tree Trail

backpacking
2 months ago

Lots of people since it’s near a camping spot, but the views were gorgeous and the trail very well maintained. There were a couple of damp spots from the rains when we had gone, but overall a great trail.

hiking
2 months ago

An incredible trail! Took the whole family on it. Enjoyed the scenery and being within the Organ Mountains. A little longer in length than listed - But made for a great hike!

Easy hike but also one of the best in the area! The stunning scenery in the canyon exemplifies the beauty of the desert landscape in the area. Not too crowded. On a beautiful day, we passed only a few other hikers and one individual on horseback. Next time we do this hike we are planning to hike from Aguirre Springs, over the peak, and down to the Baylor Canyon Trailhead. We went in Mid-March and the temps could not have been better, but it gets windy up at the top, but not too windy that I ever even put on my light jacket (tank top was sufficient). Also, don’t forget the sunscreen as this hike is almost completely in the sun.

hiking
2 months ago

What a beautiful hike! Definitely challenging but doable. Make sure to leave in the morning because it gets hot. I started around 10 am and got back around 2 pm. It's uphill all the way but not too bad. Finding the trail is a little hard. Go to the group camp site. Across from the bathroom there is a yellow warning sign that talks about how dangerous the mountains are (heed the warning!). The trail is behind the warning sign. If you can't find the trail look for the wooden fence that crosses over from the campsites to the desert. From there the trail is pretty easy to follow. There are some places where you might get lost but just look for the carans. There are two auroras that you have to cross over. When you get about a mile from the end of the trail there will be a small hand written sign where the trail forks off to sugarloaf or to pinetree/pass. Go to the right towards pinetree/pass. About a quarter mile to the end you'll encounter a campsite with a fire ring and some wood someone has been collecting. This would be a really nice place to camp. From there it is a little hard to find the top/to find the trail again. It's to right of the campsite.

Fantastic hike! Gorgeous vistas, well maintained trail, but not a stroll in the park. Challenging and fun!

This trail is great, lots of variety on the walkway. About halfway up there's a big flat rock & shade, perfect area for lunch. Once we got to the top it was very windy but also a really good area to rest up there. We came across a little running water also.

hiking
2 months ago

Great weather, peaceful and serene. Great way to spend a spring morning.

I took a friend along who was new to hiking and a heavy smoker. He was able to handle this hike. I would classify this as EASY as opposed to MODERATE.

The view is nice and there is some good shade, but the wind was intense! All in all, a good easy hike in beautiful country. Good for a casual stroll.

hiking
2 months ago

MY hubby and I & our dog Roscoe really enjoyed this BEAUTIFUL trail. As a photographer the views are pretty incredible up there!!!

Lesley C. Photo

Beautiful views, even better after a rain shower!

Wonderful trail with great & varied views.

We loved this hike! It wasn't too hard or too easy, it has a good mix of terrain & views. There is plenty of shade. I recommend going early cuz the sun was over the other side of the mountain around 2pm. There was still ice & a little running water. Did this with a 4 year old also. There were several good areas to sit for a picnic especially around the halfway mark.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice 3.5 hour walk, not hard at all proven you only carry a small pack, there are a couple of drippings almost to the top, where most pines are, will try it again in spring.

Beautiful Hike. Can't wait to take my mom and dad here!! Took about 2 hours.

hiking
3 months ago

A perennial favorite of ours. It takes my family about three hours, taking several breaks along the way. Could easily be done in an hour or two if you move at a brisk pace. Very enjoyable views, and a decent elevation difference. You'll experience several different biomes on the trail as you move up and back down in elevation.

3 months ago

This is my favorite hike in the organ mountains. The views of the mountain are incredible. So many photo opps and a nice long hike with lots of different terrain. We had the pleasure of seeing a Tarantula too

January's weather is just like spring with gusts

on Pine Tree Trail

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful scenery but gets a little less child friendly towards the end. You still get a good long hike our of it though. Definitely recommend it.

I was surprised to find ice at the half way point. Was a wonderful hike. Plan to be in the shade for most of the hike, the sun was already hidden on the other side of the mountains by 1:30.

Hike was great! Directly in the sun, so make sure you are able to have light clothing on, even in December.

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