North of Las Cruces

Dona Ana Mountains
Location & Information: Located about 5 miles north of Las Cruces, it offers a number of hiking trails, 15 miles of mountain biking trails and 7 miles of horseback trails (which are not signed as well as the other trails). The Southern trails are recommended for beginners as they are reasonably lengthy and not as technical as opposed to the Northern trails which are shorter but more technical.
Skill Level: Beginning – Advanced – depends on the trails you choose.
Types of Recreation Available: Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding.
Directions: Take I-25 north to the Doña Ana exit, go east and turn left on Del Rey, turn at the next right (Calle Las Lomas). Turn left on La Reina, then turn right onto Desert Wind. Go east for about 1.4 miles and go through the cattle guard. On a primitive dirt road, go for another 1/2 mile. The trailhead is just past the power line.
Fees: None

Picacho Peak
Location & Information: Located just 7 miles west of Downtown Las Cruces, Picacho peak has several trails for mountain biking, hiking and equestrian use.
Skill Level: Beginning – Experienced
Types of Recreation Available: Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding.
Directions: After approximately 1 mile on Picacho Hills Drive, veer to the left onto Barcelona Ridge Road. Travel approximately 1 mile to Anthem Road and turn right. Follow Anthem Road approximately 1 mile to Loop Road and turn right. Loop Road turns into dirt. Approximately 0.9 mile turn right and follow to the Picacho Mountain Recreation Area.
Fees: None

Robledo Mountains “SST Trail”
Location & information: Located about 4 miles north of Las Cruces, the Robledo Mountains OHV Area and SST Trail can be found in the Robledo Mountains northwest of Las Cruces.
Skill Level: Advanced – Very rocky & has steep climbs
Types of Recreation Available: Off-highway vehicle use (rock crawling; extreme four-wheel drive trails), mountain biking.
Directions: Take Valley Drive (U.S. 85) north to Shalem Colony Trail, go west on Shalem Colony Trail across the Rio Grande, turn right on Rocky Acres Trail, and take the first left off the wide dirt road. You will see signs for extreme four-wheel drive trails south of the main road; trails north of that road have been closed. The main road goes west toward a rock mine; take the left fork in the arroyo bottom, climb the hill, and go right up the canyon bottom to find the mountain bike trail and additional extreme four-wheel drive routes.
Fees: None

South (from Las Cruces)

Kilborne Hole:
Location & Information: Located about 47 miles south of Las Cruces in a desert basin between the Potrillo Mountains and the Rio Grande in southern Dona Ana County. A remnant of an ancient volcanic explosion, Kilbourne Hole was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1975.
Skill Level: Beginning – Experienced
Types of Recreation Available: Hiking, geologic interpretation.
Directions: From Interstate 25 take the Vado Exit (10 miles south of Las Cruces) and NM 227 west 3 miles to NM 28. Take NM28 south (left) 2 miles to Dona Ana County Road (CR) B008. Take CR B008 west (right) 11 miles to Dona Ana CR B004 and turn south (left). Drive 6½ miles to railroad tracks. Turn left and cross railroad. Turn west (right) on Dona Ana CR A017 and drive for 7 miles to Dona Ana CR A011. Turn west (right) and proceed 8 miles to Kilbourne Hole. Kilbourne Hole is on the right, past the big tan dirt bank.

East (from Las Cruces)
 
Tortugas “A” Mountain
Location & Information: Located 3 miles east of New Mexico State University, it offers two trails that circle around the mountain for hiking or mountain biking, of which, one of the trails leads to the top. There are currently two parking areas; however, another is currently being developed on the south-side of the mountain.
Skill Level: Hiking: Beginner – Mountain Biking: Advanced
Types of Recreation Available: Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding.
Directions: Take I-25 north or south to the University exit (Exit 1) in Las Cruces. Turn east on University Avenue and follow it until A Mountain is directly to your right. Once you reach the north side of the mountain, there are two areas where cars can be parked, the most popular being the second one as you go east.
Fees: None

Aguirre Springs 
Location & Information: The Aguirre Spring Campground is located on the east side of Organ Mountains, 21 miles east of Las Cruces in Dona Ana County.
Skill Level: Beginning – Experienced
Types of Recreation Available: Hiking, camping, horseback riding, picnicking, watchable wildlife. Leashed pets are allowed on trails.
Directions: Take U.S. 70 for 14 miles east of the I-25/U.S. 70 interchange in Las Cruces, then turn south on the Aguirre Spring Road (1.1 miles after San Augustine Pass) for six miles. At mile 4 the road becomes a one-way loop and climbs steeply.
Fees: $3 per vehicle for day use and $3 per night to camp. There is a $25 reservation fee for the two group campsites.

Dripping Springs 
Location & Information: The Dripping Springs Natural Area is located 10 miles east of Las Cruces, on the west side of the Organ Mountains. The Dripping Springs Natural Area has over four miles of easy hiking trails, including the Dripping Springs Trail, which shows off desert scrub and low elevation pinon-juniper and oak woodlands. The area also boasts excellent wildlife viewing opportunities
Skill Level: Beginning – Experienced
Types of Recreation Available: Wildlife viewing, hiking, picnicking.
Directions: From Exit 1 on Interstate 25, take University Avenue/Dripping Springs Road east to the end.
Fees: There is a $3 per vehicle day use fee, and a $25 reservation fee for the group picnic site.
Sierra Vista Trail
Location & Information: Extensive trail that runs right along the edge of the Organ mountains and consequently, has beautiful views of the mountains and Rio Grande Valley and eventually connects with the Franklin Mountain State Park.
Skill Level: Experienced – Advanced – Has loose sand in some spots.
Types of Recreation Available: Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding.
Directions: The trail is east and southeast, of Las Cruces. There are several trail heads. One is along the Soledad Canyon Road. From Exit 1 on Interstate 25, take University Avenue/Dripping Springs Road east for about 4.5 miles, then turn south on the Soledad Canyon Road. That road will turn east in a mile; follow it until you come to a parking area on your right. You can also access the Mossman Arroyo Road trailhead by exiting Interstate 10 at the Mesquite exit. Other trailheads can be reached by taking the Vado Exit off Interstate 10, and NM 404 at Anthony Gap.
Fees: None

Bar Canyon/Soledad Canyon
Location & Information: 10 miles east of Las Cruces, there are several trails for mountain biking, hiking, and equestrian use, with beautiful views of the Organ Mountains and Southern Mesilla Valley.
Skill Level: Beginning – Experienced
Types of Recreation Available: Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, wildlife viewing.
Directions: Located on the west side of the Organ Mountains, 10 miles east of Las Cruces. From Exit 1 on Interstate 25, take University Avenue/Dripping Springs Road east for about 4.5 miles, then turn south on the Soledad Canyon Road. That road will turn east in a mile; follow it all the way to the end.
Fees: None

West (from Las Cruces)

Aden Hills
Location & Information: Located about 20 miles west of Las Cruces, it offers a variety of trails for hiking and biking and several managed trails for OHV use.
Skill Level: Beginning – Advanced
Types of Recreation Available: Hiking, Mountain Biking, ATVs (In specific authorized zones)
Directions: From Interstate 10 exit 127 (Corralitos Road) take the southern frontage road west bound for approximately 1.5 miles. Continue straight onto the dirt road (the paved road will curve south) for approximately 4.2 miles. The entrance to the staging area is on the left just beyond the cattle guard.
Fees: None