Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks

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

The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks area is home to an incredible array of animals and plants. They are at risk from the negative impacts of urban development.

Why the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks

Just 13 miles from Las Cruces, New Mexico, are the Organ Mountains, named for their needle-like extrusions of granite resembling organ pipes, and the Desert Peaks area.

Work we are doing

The Wilderness Society and local partners are working together to permanently protect this area either through Congressional legislation or by presidential designation.

Our partners

People from across New Mexico have come together to help southern New Mexicans protect the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks in Doña Ana County.

  • Michael Reinemer

    Strayed will receive the We Are the Wild Inspiration Award, which recognizes a person who embodies the spirit of wilderness and its transformative power.

    Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society, said, “In this 50th anniversary year of the Wilderness Act, we present this award to underscore the importance of inspiring people to discover and care for our wild lands. Today we honor Cheryl Strayed for her remarkable story and for inspiring new generations to experience wilderness, which forms the backbone of the American spirit.”

  • Michael Reinemer

    President Obama will use his executive authority to create the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, an action that will improve outdoor recreation, safeguard vital water supplies and protect wildlife in the backyard of Los Angeles – the nation’s most populous county.

  • Michael Reinemer

    The Wilderness Society applauds the Obama Administration for advancing bipartisan efforts to further protect ocean ecosystems and their scientific value by using the Antiquities Act to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, an undisturbed island and atoll chain located 1,000 miles southwest of Hawaii. The proclamation builds on the approximately 83,000 square-mile national monument initially designated by President George W. Bush in 2009.