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The dry, dramatic mountains above Las Cruces peak at The Needles, over 9000 feet in elevation. Spread out across the 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 - 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. Camping, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, scenic driving, wildlife viewing.

hiking
17 hours ago

I hiked the loop in about 1 hour, but I missed the trail that goes straight back that leads, as I imagine, to the waterfall other hikers have reported about on this website. I didn't even see the trail. No wonder I got back in about an hour, I missed half of the trail only to find out what I had missed while writing this review. Lol. You have to laugh:P I still had a wonderful time on this trail! All in all, I was out on the trail about 1h15m, stopping at one of the higher elevation points near the back of the loop to take in the beautiful surrounding view and eat a delicious Nature Valley bar! Great view of the valley, and the mountains! Virtually no shade throughout the trail so I was thankful to have sunblock and a hat! God bless!

too many loud ppl for our hike. not too scenic till you get closer.

Tough, yet phenomenal hike. Definitely recommend some kind of GPS to make sure you stay on track. As others have said the trail is very over grown with shrub and other ruthless succulents. Wear some kind of lightweight hiking pants or else your legs will get beat up pretty good. Bring plenty of water. Also as others have said if you are trying to get on the trail that takes you to the peak and you find yourself at the waterfall on the Fillmore canyon trail you need to turn around. If you blink you will miss the entrance to the organ peak trail. All Trails map was great in keeping me on track. As your walking on the organ peak trail it is not marked by anything other then piles of rocks. If you find yourself off track coming down you can follow the stream down. The stream will take you to the Fillmore canyon waterfall. Good luck and enjoy the breathtaking views from the top.

I did this loop trail in the middle of September in a day with nice weather. The trail is a little difficult but if you like the adventure and nature, you will enjoy a lot. On the way up to reach the Pine Tree Loop Trail stop and seat on a big rock, then enjoy the views of this beautiful landscape, the canyon, the Organ Mountains, the rocks, everything is amazing!

hiking
14 days ago

Simple beautiful hike. Great for a quick trail run as well.

Hiked the Organ Needles three times now. One of my favorites and the view is great. There's a bit of scrambling throughout the hike, but if you're in decent shape it makes for a great day long climb. Watch out for Stinging Nettle towards the top!

great morning day home! Waterfall was running

it was enjoyable. good trail for kids.

hiking
21 days ago

Nice trail. I would rate it as easy.

Hiking on this trail was a nice experience, although is long, the beautiful view of the mountains and the dessert plants worth the visit. I started to walk at 7:30 am because it was the end of August and there are no shades, but due to the rainy season the whether was nice. If you like to hike long distances, this is a good option, but if you hike during summer time, start very early in the morning and bring plenty of water.