Looking for a great trail in Organ Mountain - Desert Peaks National Monument, New Mexico? AllTrails has 27 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 14 moderate trails in Organ Mountain - Desert Peaks National Monument ranging from 2.1 to 10.4 miles and from 4,399 to 7,572 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

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bugs
2 days ago

This is a gorgeous loop starting at dripping springs going counter clockwise but could be better marked -lost trail connections a couple of times.

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over grown
rocky
scramble
3 days ago

A fun challenging but easy hike. My 7 year old summited in under 4 hours. The top is definitely 4th class plus. The terrain is pretty techy and the exposure its real. I would not touch the fixed rope other than for the worse case scenario. It is old and exposed to UV light for years. Sketchy as @#$%. Bring 40 to 50 feet of 6 mil rope to belay or rappel that section if you are not comfortable with semi technical climbing.

One of my favorite trails near the Organ Mountains, beautiful rock formations and fantastic views..

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rocky
washed out
7 days ago

This trail had spectacular views of the valley and surrounding mountains. One of my favorites trails I’ve ever hiked because of the views and the fact that it is a very pleasant hike all around. It’s a good workout, but not so intense that you can’t enjoy yourself or wish it were over. Great photo opportunities.

beautiful!

hike on 5/31/2019. group of us 9 went, started at 7a, reached the summit at 2p. the hike up feels more like 7 mi than 5.8 as it says. definitely bring 6-8L of water! by the summit there's a 20-30 feet ascend with a rope available to climb. follow the pink ribbons, so you don't wonder off track. difficult hike, but totally worth it at the top. making our way back took longer than expected, so try to beat the sunset! happy hiking!

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rocky
13 days ago

The change in flora and fauna is outstanding. I started later in the day around 3:45, so as to miss the heat and let the sun get to the east. This is a perfect hike...it is amazing that a large town lies just over the peaks, because it truly is serene. The pines and alligator juniper are outstanding. So many different levels and awesome riparian forests. Take enough water, a hat, sunblock, and give yourself enough time to stop and take pics. It took me about 3 hours, and I took quite a few breaks. I did not find the trail difficult to follow as it has had a lot of use. Try to stay on trail to avoid creating unnecessary erosion. I LOVE NM!

nice quick trail and dogs are allowed

hiking
19 days ago

This is after the “end” of the official trail- I’m sure everyone does this but continue on along side Pena Blanca for a ton of little caves and a giant “wave” wall. I’m sure we could have spent all day exploring and climbing here.

The walk was nice I even thought i saw an indian on the trail at one time lol. The scenery was worth the walk. there are no restrooms so take care of your buiss before hand if you can. At the beginning there is a sign in sheet. Take LOTS of water hat and have fun.

Little shade. Although dog friendly I wouldn’t take many on here. Ridiculously uneducated people trash talking hikers, their dogs, and everyone’s behavior. Educate yourself on trained police canines. Will save you a lot of angry people later. Ruined the whole experience for me.

It is a very long trail, not hard at all. The slope isn’t pronounced. When you get to the top is not a peak, it looks like a base camp from the peak. Bring plenty of water since it’s long and food as well.

First: Bring more water than you think you'll ever need. A large 3 Liter bladder is not enough. This is a really tough and difficult trail. The total distance is 7 miles, not the 5.8 this app shows. But the distance is not the issue. This trail is very steep and the footing is horrible. Going up is very hard, BUT coming down is 10 times worse. You really need Hiking Poles and even then you will struggle. I fell at least a half dozen times coming down and broke one of the poles. Despite all of this, the hike is amazing and the views from the top are incredible. Start early and don't try this on a 100 degree day!!

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no shade
rocky
25 days ago

This trail isn't just rocky. It's miles of knee-wrenching, ankle-breaking HELL. If you are a "non-traditional hiker," avoid this trail. And I'm saying this as someone who has gimped all over trails in the Ozarks. I'm learning to trust the hike ratings other users give the trails listed in this app. With all that said, it is incredibly beautiful with lots of interesting small rock formations that get larger as you go up. But, if you're up for a relaxing day hike, this ain't it.

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rocky
26 days ago

You start in the campground which has spaces to park beside covered picnic tables with a fire/grill. There are also toilets to use (no sinks so bring sanitizer or wipes for hands). We completed the trail in 2.5hours. It’s a gentle up hill climb with easy to follow trail that is a little rocky in places. Great spots to view out over the plains. The loop comes back to the campground with a nice gentle down hill, (though watch your footing as with any downhill trail).

hiking
26 days ago

Trail was hard to follow, views were worth the effort though. Not for the faint of heart

Easy parking and a very nice fairly easy to hike trail to the base of the range. Did not climb to the top of the range.

This is not so much a hike as it is a stroll to the little waterfall. Nice scenery all the way, hardly any elevation change. We climbed the hill next to the waterfall for some incredible views. We ultimately found a way to do a loop up in the mountains above the falls to get back to the trail. That part really was the most fun. Make sure you wear sturdy boots or shoes and I highly recommend hiking poles for the way back down. The way up and down is very steep and the footing is awful.

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rocky
29 days ago

The views are beautiful. Halfway through the trail, the canyon opens up and it's just breathtaking. Definitely recommend this hike for that one view! The way down is rocky and harder than the bright angel trail. You have to be careful where you step. After the intersection (dripping springs to the left, Santa Maria spring to the right), the trail started to be more exposed. You have to be careful where to step and sometimes overstep some big rocks. Then last half(?) a mile turned into the small canyon and it was safe again. The reward at the end is a lot of drops coming from the rock above you. It doesn't sound like much, but if was beautiful. I would rate this hike as the third most beautiful. After Bright Angel and South Kaibab. But this one is way less crowded. If you are looking for a peaceful piece of nature, this is your hike. We actually did Santa Maria Spring first (then came back to the intersection) and then Dripping falls. We were intentionally slow and it took us 3.5 hours.

Start early for this hike and you'll hike in the comfort of shade most of the way. trail is easy to follow. The trail ends at a sign that prohibits any further exploring and threatens a hefty fine. it's supposedly an artillery range. Overall nice hike with some great views of the surrounding rock formations.

Hiked to the top of Baylor Peak on 5/14. Temperature was about 80F. The trail up to the pass is easy and gains 1,400 feet in about 3.5 miles. From there to the summit it is less than a mile but you have to climb another 1,400 feet on a rather rough trail. Bring lots of water and start hiking early. Great views from the summit, well worth the effort.

Finally made it to the top. As others have said the section from the saddle to the top I’m much steeper and more difficult than expected. Gorgeous view from the top. I just sat and soaked it in for a while before heading back down.

The first mile or so is just hiking out to the base of the mountains. It’s the ‘long haul’ of the whole trail in my opinion. Not much to look at , but there are tons of horny roads, lizards, cows, birds. Once you get to the base it gets more interesting as far as things to see and touch. There is a bench about a mile and a half out from the trail head after you start ascending up the mountain. And I even seen a ‘Baylor canyon primitive camping’ sign that was WAAY up there and there was a campsite off to the right. I’ll definitely be camping up there very soon. Great hike though I didn’t get to make it to the top. Almost!

Great hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. The views are amazing this time of year. The campground and trail is a little busy, but when you see the view you can understand why.

hiking
1 month ago

We did this trail clockwise and first we visited La Cueva, very interesting place. We also visited the Fillmore Canyon, this is a wonderful place with trees and with a small waterfall, we walked one mile more but it's worth it, if you bring children, they will love it.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice morning hike with a cool breeze. Dripping Springs was just a trickle. Last rain was 2 weeks ago. The Visitor center host said the water was running good after the rain. Beautiful scenery with deer scattered about.

Excellent

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