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Best trails in Organ Mountain - Desert Peaks National Monument

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Looking for a great trail in Organ Mountain - Desert Peaks National Monument, New Mexico? AllTrails has 31 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 17 moderate trails in Organ Mountain - Desert Peaks National Monument ranging from 2.1 to 13.6 miles and from 3,996 to 7,572 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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.

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Map of trails in Organ Mountain - Desert Peaks National Monument
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Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Contact
575-525-4300
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Top trails (31)
#1 - Dripping Springs Trail
Organ Mountain - Desert Peaks National Monument
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 12 m
Hike thru Desert Valley to Dripping Springs waterfall. No pets allowed. There is a $5 parking fee at the trailhead. From the front of the Visitors Center head left to the Dripping Springs Trail HeadShow more
#2 - Pine Tree Trail
Organ Mountain - Desert Peaks National Monument
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 2 h 19 m
Pine Tree Trail is a 4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Las Cruces, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity optioShow more
#3 - Soledad Canyon Loop
Organ Mountain - Desert Peaks National Monument
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 49 m
Hike through a narrowing canyon to a natural waterfall. Begin the hike at the trailhead. Stay to the right, follow the trail counter-clockwise. At 1.5 miles there is a junction where the trail dividShow more
#4 - Organ Needles Trail
Organ Mountain - Desert Peaks National Monument
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 4 h 45 m
Hike thru Desert Valley to the Organ Needles. NO PETS ALLOWED. CAUTION - EXTREME HIKE - rated toughest in New Mexico by BLM, not only for the actual difficulty but for the bushwhacking and scramblingShow more
#5 - Baylor Canyon Pass via Baylor Canyon Road
Organ Mountain - Desert Peaks National Monument
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 35 m
High desert ascent to a mountain pass. Show more
#6 - Achenbach Canyon Trail
Organ Mountain - Desert Peaks National Monument
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 3 h 4 m
The first mile of this beautiful trail will take you to a big area where you can see some of the most beautiful mountains with big rocks and nice vegetation near Las Cruces NM and which you will contShow more
#7 - Fillmore Canyon Trail
Organ Mountain - Desert Peaks National Monument
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 9 m
Please note: Offline map is recommended. Users have reported that the trails are not marked well. Hike thru Desert Valley to Fillmore Canyon. After paying at the visitor's center, drive west on the Show more
#8 - La Cueva Loop Trail
Organ Mountain - Desert Peaks National Monument
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 30 m
Loop hike thru Desert Valley to La Cueva Archeological site. NO PETS ALLOWED. This trail can be hiked in either direction. This descriprion is counter-clockwise. From the front of the Visitors CentShow more
#9 - Baylor Canyon Pass Trail
Organ Mountain - Desert Peaks National Monument
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 2 h 13 m
Hike from the foot hills, along tree-covered trails to a mountain pass. The sign is the trailhead. Follow the main trail west. There is little chance of losing the trail. The trail will switchback Show more
#10 - Bar Canyon
Organ Mountain - Desert Peaks National Monument
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(126)
Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 29 m
Bar Canyon is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Organ, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running.Show more
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