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.

  • Testimony delivered by The Wilderness Society's Chase Huntley to the House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources

  • A letter to Members of the House of Representatives urging them to oppose HR 4899, a bill that would undermine important wildland protections and force drilling in pristine areas of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska

  • Every year, a coalition of conservation and environmental groups produce a report to help Congress as it debates the federal budget for the year. This report, has typically been to referred to as the "Green Budget." This year, it is titled "Green Investments," and it illustrates the importance of reinvesting in conservation and natural resources programs for Fiscal Year 2015 by looking at some of the effects of recent budget cuts.