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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.

Easy and nice trail. Excellent views

Lots of walking in soft sand. For first timers, the lack of good trail markers made for three detours 1/2 way up the mountain. My fault
but still....this made an “easy” wall into a moderate hike, interesting scenery and cactuses just starting to bloom made this mid-March hike into 3* instead of 2*. There are so many better trails in the Las Cruces area. This one is not worth repeating

Fun hike, not too strenuous. Great views from the top!

Nice, easy hike. If you feel adventurous you can get off the beaten path and explore a couple of caves along the way. Some of the cave hikes are quite a bit harder with steep inclines, loose gravel and some scrambling required.

The waterfall was pretty dried up but it is a beautiful hike! Short and easy!

BEAUTIFUL hike. Very well maintained and marked. You get to see some old ruins of camps and a hotel that used to be up here. Very neat. This is a National Park so there is a $5 fee but it was well worth it. The hike up is a little harder, it’s a steady incline until you get to the springs so it’s all down hill coming back. Trail is a gravel path that is very wide and easy walking.

14 days ago

Beautiful trail, pictures are fantastic from any angle. Can be a little trying if you’re a newbie like me but totally worth it.

Did this trail on a beautiful March morning. Nice breeze but not too windy. We are newbs to hiking but this was a very confusing trail. There are multiple trails at this location. Many of the trail markers are knocked down. And for your first time out there that makes it very confusing!! There are lots of sandy parts that make for tough walking, flat so not that, but you sink into sand a lot. So that’s something to keep in mind if you want to avoid that. Overall it was a beautiful hike, scenario is pretty, and the cows are friendly!! :-)

Excellent trail for running. There is plenty of shade and a waterfall. I'll make this one of my regular run spots.

mountain biking
16 days ago

I’ve been out to the Gap to ride and hike several times now and enjoy it. I rode on a Saturday morning and didn’t see a soul whereas Franklin mountains would be chock a block full. I got all the way to the top of Webb mountain and decided to turn ; I didn’t want to take my bike among the Spanish Daggers. ( the trail disappeared) You can tell not a lot of people hike this

19 days ago

Beautiful views! The Spring wasn’t so impressive, but the landscape was. Plus, several trails lead into one another, making the adventure endless if you desire. Great experience!

21 days ago

This is my favorite trail in the Organs. Best in late summer.

22 days ago

Neat hike, not to challenging. Beautiful scenery and very nice welcome center. The volunteers were fantastic!

Very enjoyable place!

We hadn't been here for 6 years. Found it disappointing today tho. At both the mine house & mine there was a bunch of trash, broken glass bottles, coals from people burning fires, graffiti on many of the rocks. The front of the mine looked completely different from before. Not sure if it collapsed naturally or someone destroyed it. This trail is very rocky but a steady incline up to the mine.

28 days ago

Well marked trail. Great views. Definitely on the do again list.

I drove my SUV until the intersection with the road that lead to the North Antony's Nose, and I started the trail form that point. Very nice trail, I did it in January with my dog Lucas and the weather was perfect. Although I did not walked the entire trail I could enjoy the wonderful landscape, the mountains looked beautiful! I will come again soon to walk the full path.

Very cool place! The Van Patten mtn camp and Boyd Sanatorium. Must see!

Pretty cool! Nice views. Restroom near the top was clean. We plan to go back in the spring.

mountain biking
1 month ago

It’s really nice trail there several offshoots that go off it is well. The last leg was very difficult for me as there was a lot of soft sand and soul crushing hills of the pipeline Road that I had to push my bike up

1 month ago

Weather was great. Hike was great. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

This trail is either really Sandy or rocky. not too steep, mostly flat. It is easy to get off trail tho as some of the markers are knocked down. Theres lots of cows & cow poop.

Short hike but very cool! The "waterfall" wasn't crazy but it was quite beautiful

2 months ago

10/10 would recommend. The trail offered lots of views from the canyons, the waterfall and the mountains (if you are willing to go off trail and climb some boulders). We were there on an early Sunday morning and basically had the whole place to ourselves. Late afternoon we headed back and the trails started to get more packed and the parking lot was full. The trail is a very loose rock/gravel so make sure you have a good supportive shoe. We saw a couple of mule deer and really enjoyed our time there.

Nice views. Gravel trail.

Really fun trail ! A lot of poop on the trail, so watch your step lol.

2 months ago

This was an ass kicker! It’s an amazing hike to the peak of the Organs, but it is a very physically demanding and in your face hike up and down. It is definitely worth the challenge, but it is not for the weak minded and out of shape.

This was an all day adventure for us. We started early when gates opened and came down as the sun was setting. We took our time and it took us 7-8 hours. Bring plenty of food and water, good hiking boots, and pants. Keep eyes open for cairns to guide way up and down. It’s easy to sway off course. Use of recording on this app helped enormously. Plan for some celebratory beers afterwards. Gonna need them!!!

Took our time hiking the trail, yesterday. That being said, we got started at 8 AM and we were back at the truck just before 6 PM. Lots of great views and some challenging scrambling. It was a Saturday and we saw three other pairs of people hiking the trail.

Great hike

2 months ago

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