Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

FOSSILS?

Has anyone seen fossils on your hike on the peak?

I heard there were fossils. If you did can you share were you found some

If Guadalupe is rated as "Hard" then you would have to classify this one as hard too.

I had way less trouble with Guadalupe as it is well marked, worn in, and highly trafficked.

The parking area is easy to find, right off of the highway. Close the gate behind you!

Once you park, walk approx 2 miles along the 4x4 road (totally driveable with a 4x4 truck/jeep if you want to just bypass all the walking) until you see the trail to your left leading up into the canyon. There are no official trail markings so do your best to follow the worn path and the stacked rocks. Once you get to the rock wall (which is easy to climb - take the right side) the trail disappears and you'll be on your own at that point to hit the top.

We ended up turning back after climbing the rock wall because it was getting too dark out, so I can't comment on anything after that. but we'll be back to reach the peak.

All in all it's a beautiful hike, top 3 in the Las Cruces area in my opinion.

beautiful in fall

Good hike to do, specially after if rainfall to be able to see waterfall. Also easy enough to hike not too strenuous. Enjoyed it.

near city, limited rocks

This is our kids favorite trail to hike.

Fantastic trail!!

hiking
1 month 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!

This was our first hike as a family and we loved it! Beautiful scenery and not too hard, though I'd definitely recommend wearing good shoes. The waterfalls and Stone ruin are so worth it! We saw a variety of birds and have seen Mule Deer every time so far. Well traveled trail, but very Rocky in places.

Tip: if you're going after the waterfall and Stone house, follow the trail to the LEFT until AFTER the bench...we went RIGHT at the first fork and ended up going the LONG way around haha

birding
2 months ago

why pay $5 for dripping springs when you can come right next door to soledad canyon for free?! it has better views and a better waterfall as well. I highly recommend this trail.

backpacking
2 months ago

My buddy Danny and I reached the summit 9/15/18. We made it to 7,300' feet the first day, just past the highest "campsite." Took us 3 hours with ~40lb backpacks. Made it to the summit the following morning in 2 hours. So 5 hours up, 3 hours down. If you're considering this hike:
1. Don't wear shorts, you will regret it.
2. This trail is not for dogs.
3. Bring at least 5 liters of water.
4. Expect no trail the last mile or so.

The overgrowth and lack of maintenance made for a grueling final ascent. Expect to scale multiple walls. Don't expect water. Watch for snakes. Great hike.

I enjoyed the hike. I only made it to the plane wreck, but it was beautiful up there.

Most of the Sierra Vista in this section is a wide jeep trail with occasional washes. It's a pretty easy hike with great views from the east side, but the west side of the loop veers off away from the mountains. This is the big reason for the low score. The entire west section of the loop isn't very scenic, extremely rocky and Sandy, and the only reward you get after completing the trail is...completing the trail. However, this loop would probably be excellent for mountain biking for those with some endurance and skill (There are areas with heavy sand and large washes). This (Sierra Vista) may be a nice practice section for long distance hikers, but overall, there are many EASY to MODERATE rated hikes around the area that offer betters views.

3 months ago

A lot of brush overgrown in the trail, don’t wear shorts. Also, I am fat and almost died I think. Other than that it was great!

Great hike. Easier than I thought, but still quite tough. Trail to Narrows, and after that till end of small canyon (from a big boulder with a big stone cairn, you follow the bottom of a narrow side canyon) is relatively easy to follow. From there to saddle / ridge and then to the summit is often unclear. Took 3h10 to get to summit. No other People. Most amazing views! Did this hike in August, nice cool breeze at top, while in Las Cruces it was 100 degrees. Leave early though.

This is the real deal! Short, but demanding hike up to the peak, where you get rewarded with the best view around. We went up the ridge of the trail and came down the eastern ridge, which was way easier! This hike is definitely worth it, especially if you have dogs.

Awesome trail! Great one to do early in the AM and to take visiting friends and family. I'd go on it again.

Love this trail. I’d do it every day if I could!

Great well maintained Park Service trail with benches even. Easy walking and good footing. Great views and vegetation

hiking
5 months ago

Didn’t finish too hot but coming back with my bike!!!!!

Very tough, physically demanding...not for the inexperienced. But totally worth it!!!

hiking
5 months ago

My favorite hike so far in New Mexico. Significant physical exertion. I hiked in Early June - temperature got up to 102. I brought 2.5 liters of water in a bladder, and 22 ounces in a bottle. Due to the temperature I drank more than I planned. I cut my trip short due to shortage of water, combined with not being entirely sure how much farther I had to go. The trail is not well marked at all - but that is what I found most enjoyable. I had to pay close attention to the trail and the map - and I still got off the trail a half dozen times. Fantastic views of las cruces. One of the coolest features I made it to was “The Narrows” - where the trail goes between two cliffs with less than 20 separating them. No complaints about the trail - it was super fun. I’m gonna come back in a few weeks with more water and less unnecessary junk and make it to the peak. I went 6ish out and back and made it in under 4 hours.

Very good trail up the hill I haven’t been around

Great hiking trail. Straight up, crazy trail

One of the first hikes in the area. a little warm but a nice hike. Coming down was a little slippery with loose rock.

Fun trail run with wildlife and great views!

hiking
6 months ago

An amazing but strenuous hike!! It took us about 10 hours round trip, with lots of resting and relaxing up at the top. It is definitely physically demanding on the way up and especially on the way down. We got lost/off trail a few times but made it back down. Follow the trail markers and make mental notes on the way up so you remember how to get back down with limited bushwhacking and scrambling. I’d advise wearing pants for sure and taking about a gallon of water each person and food/snacks. Be careful of rattlesnakes and stinging metal. The views are amazing and definitely worth the endurance.

hiking
6 months ago

Great long hike, 10 miles, 5 hours up, 4 hours down. The Narrows at the half way point could be a destination in itself. Several distinct vegetation zones.

Awesome, challenging hike. I did this back in March. Took me 5 hrs round trip, but I’d plan for an all day hike and pack accordingly. On the first third of the ascent, At approximately 32.339365 N, and 106.584949 W, there is a fork in the trail, and they both look good. Take the right fork (steer towards the large boulder up ahead). This will save you a lot of bushwhacking or backtracking. After the first third to half of the ascent, the trail is easier to follow. Wear pants.

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