Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument
Our natural treasure is your vast playground. Explore on your own terms, at your own pace. The possibilities are as limitless as your spirit of adventure.
The Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument’s 496,000 acres surround Las Cruces. Our nation’s newest protected area features recreational opportunities like strolling through desert nature trails and the chance to encounter petroglyph and archeological sites. Intrepid travelers caravanned 22 miles of the Butterfield Stage Trail; outlaw Billy the Kid and warrior Geronimo took refuge among these hills; history was made on these lands by World War II pilots and by Apollo Astronauts. Through these lands your spirit moves in good company.
Doña Ana county is celebrated for its open spaces and history. It is loved for its natural wonders, such as the scenic Organ Mountains and the southwestern Chihuahuan Desert. It is also a home to petroglyph-lined canyons of the Sierra de las Uvas Mountains and famed western legends like Billy the Kid, Geronimo, and the Butterfield Stagecoach route. The area was even the training ground for the Apollo Space Program and World War II bomber pilots and crews. Doña Ana County has always been a place were the history meets the future.
The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument includes:
• Over 22 miles of the Butterfield Stage Trail
• Kilbourne Hole National Historic Landmark
• Billy the Kid’s Outlaw Rock
• Geronimo’s Cave
• 243 Known Petroglyph and Archeological Sites
• Estimated 5000+ Archeological Sites
• Apollo Mission Astronaut Training Sites
• Original US/Mexico border from Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo (Changed by Gadsden Purchase)
• Historic World War II Aerial Targets
• Fort Mason and Historic Ranch House Ruins
In addition to being a National Monument, The Organ Mountains are home to a range of recreational opportunities such as hiking, camping and petroglyph exploration. With the addition of the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument, there are now two National Monuments within an hour of Las Cruces, NM.
Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument Las Cruces, NM 88011