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Organ Mountains in New Mexico
New Mexico's Organ Mountains are named for needle-like extrusions of granite that resemble organ pipes.

Experience Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks

Easily accessible wildlands exist in the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks area, just outside of Las Cruces, the second largest city in New Mexico.

The Organ Mountains are named for the granite “needles” in the highest part of the range that resemble pipes from a pipe organ.

Nearby are the wild Desert Peaks, an area of extinct volcanoes and high desert grasslands. 

What are some of the best things about the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks?

Hiking and backpacking in the Organ Mountains allow visitors to explore a high desert oasis filled with 36 species of ferns alone. The Desert Peaks provide amazing glimpses into the region’s geological and cultural past.

What’s one activity the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks is known for?

Urban escapes.

Within Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks, a secluded wildlands gem named Broad Canyon shelters hidden water pools, flat-topped mountains and ancient cultural sites. All of this is just 45 minutes from Las Cruces.

The Organ, Potrillo, Robledo and Sierra de Las Uvas Mountains also offer high elevation escapes from Las Cruces on scorching summer days.

Interested in urban escapes? Get insider tips.

What’s one way The Wilderness Society is working to protect the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks?

The Wilderness Society is part of a campaign to include these wildlands in a newly designated national monument. 

We are also working to pass the Organ Mountains-Doña Ana County Conservation and Protection Act to:

  • Inhibit urban sprawl
  • Protect the historical, cultural and natural values of the region
  • Conserve wildlands where rare plants and animals thrive

Learn more about our work in the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks.