Sitting around 10 miles outside of the Las Cruces campus of New Mexico State University lies the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. The mountains provide the backdrop to the many acres of scrub lands and trails that dot this area.
At almost 500,000 acres, this national monument contains several mountain ranges that are part of the Chihuahuan Desert. Over half the land is protected from any development or use of motorized vehicles. This area was once home to Billy the Kid and Geronimo. Many prehistoric fossils have been found as well as pteroglyphs left by the original Native American tribes that lived here.
There are many hiking trails throughout the monument, but no matter where you look, there is a stunning view.
The view down to Las Cruces.
The hummingbird feeder at the Dripping Springs welcome center.
Whether you’re a hiker, a birder or just appreciate the wonder of Nature, a trip to the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks should be on your to-do list if you’re ever near Las Cruces, NM.