Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Organ Mountain - Desert Peaks National Monument with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful with the snow and ice waterfalls cascading over the crevasses. Icy in areas, about 3/4 of the way up. Currently open even through the government shut down due to the incredibly generous volunteers who are opening the gates each day. Normally 5dollars per car but it’s free right now. Please take your trash out and if you see other trash kindly remove it. Don’t forget to bring water, the fountain at the visitor center was off. ENJOY!

We had originally planned to hike up to the Needle until the trail got too snowy but the government shutdown precluded us from making that hike. We quickly chose to make this hike and we did not regret it. This trail is great in the winter months with low temperatures, snow on the trail, and less people. It is a good amount of elevation gain to get the blood pumping but nothing to strenuous for a frequent hiker. We took 4:15 from start to finish while stopping a number of time to take pictures and a little lunch at the top of the pass. I would say you could easily complete it in 3 hours, if you didn't stop. There was quite a bit of snow and ice on the trail when getting closer to the top but nothing that made it difficult. We brought our dog with us and she did great. She is a small Boston Terrier. I would definitely suggest this hike to anyone looking for something that get you to a view point that isn't too tough in the Organ Mountains.

wear snow boots! nice view at the top!

hiking
12 days ago

Great trail, mostly easy to follow using the directions on the app. We got lost twice (same spot on the way up and down) but thanks to the gps we were able to quickly find the trail again. We did not quite make the summit as there was knee deep snow and a lot of ice going into the dark canyon which forced us to turn around. This app says no dogs allowed, but as far as I could tell there are no actual rules against it as it is public land. I did not see that rule posted on any other sites. My German Shepherd easily handled everything for as far as we got before the ice forced us back, and I have no doubt he could have made everything besides the final summit push. It was quite steep near the top, although without the ice I do not think I would have had many problems.

hiking
12 days ago

Dogs are allowed in the beginning of the trail, which gives access to Crawford Trail and Fillmore.

hiking
12 days ago

This trail has some shade from the trees and the mountain in the later part of the day.

Update: Day use fee for this trail and Pine Tree Loop is now $5.
https://www.blm.gov/visit/aguirre-spring-campground

Beautiful place to hike snow was nice. We will be coming back to hike the other trail there

No car access to this trailhead during government shutdown of winter 2018.

Amazing views at the saddle. Definitely one of my favorites in the Organs

First time doing this trail! Awesome trail

Easy trail, even for this currently out-of-shape Southerner! The trailhead begins up the gravel pathway leading from the parking lot, to the right of the restrooms. A bit further up you will see the trailhead sign. Very clearly marked trail that alternates between gravel and dirt. Come for the dripping springs, stay for the ruins of Boyd's Sanitorium!

Nice climb with great views

1 month ago

Neat!

It was a beautiful hike and a lot of fun. Definitely worth the time, and every portion of the hike offers new views and things to see. However, it was poorly marked. We ended up getting 100 feet away from the trail and into the ravine, so we had to scale the side to get back to the trail. If you come across large boulders, I would consider that it might not be a part of the intended path.

no shade. extremely hot if you are not from Las Cruces. if hiking in the summer, start at around 5:30am

Out of the pass, the foot trail toward the summit is incredibly well-worn and easy to follow, clear up to the false summit. From there to the top requires a bit more route finding and attention. My 55-pound boxer mix was able to negotiate the scrambling.peaceful summit with a pair of old cans for a register. Loved this outing!

this was a beautiful moderately strenuous hike. Fascinating history and historical ruins. Advise water, sun glassed and sun block--even in mid-November. I didn't take any of the above and was alright, but best to err on the side of prudence. Best to hike it in boots because of the gravel and rock.

great hike for a quick get away! great view on the top! no parking entrance fee and the trail is pet/children friendly.
definitely do it again!

Beautiful views, great for dogs!

,great trail

hiking
2 months ago

Great trip with the family. Well marked and maintained trail.

Trail itself starts out as a wide gravel path. The hike is not too challenging, but the mountain views are excellent. Lots of colorful rock formations and desert plants. Perfect hike for cooler time of year.

2 months ago

Great views, lighting was perfect against the mountains in the morning. Fall weather was perfect-cool, but sunny. Trail is fairly narrow and a little overgrown thanks to recent rains. Saw three different tarantulas.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful! Hiked the trail a few days after a heavy rain and sound of running water was everywhere. Waterfalls were gorgeous. Moderate trail not well marked, but very enjoyable.

hiking
2 months ago

I love this trail, the best on my visit here! I had heard about it from someone I met on another trail and he gave me directions to turn at the dumpsters but no name for the trail. I found this trail on the app and compared the directions and knew it was where he was talking about! It was absolutely beautiful, a little difficult at times and had I not ran into three people who were headed on the trail just as I arrived I most likely would not have done it alone. Eventually we all ended up hiking together and it was totally amazing and I made new friends! We went round a couple of loops and hiked across the canyon to some caves which extended our hike, and according to my maps it ended up being around 7 1/2 miles.

on Pine Tree Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike late in October , spectacular scenery and streams were running from recent rain , go to the left at beginning of loop , other hikers told us this too and it seemed like the better way , took us 3 hours to complete , not in a hurry cause we were taking lots of Pics

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike and the waterfall was running good from recent rainfall in October

hiking
3 months ago

Enjoyable hike with pretty views. Trail is well-marked. It is uphill for the first half, but not too steep or difficult. We finished in about 3 hours going at a leisurely place and stopping for lots of pics.

hiking
3 months ago

My friend and I attempted this trail on 10/15, but only ended up making it to the saddle due to time constraints and because we were pretty much smoked by the time we got there :) We used the AllTrails map and did not have any navigation issues. There are a few stray trails in the lower desert portion, but the cairns will generally keep you on track. Take everyone’s advice and wear pants as the trail is very narrow with a lot of cacti and other prickly plants along the way. Lots of scrambling and very steep once you get to the mountain. Also lots of loose rock, so you have to be careful on the way down. We enjoyed the portion of the trail we did, but come prepared for a workout!

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