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Things to Know Before Visiting 
Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument


  • Open year-round.
  • Aguirre Spring Campground
    • April to October, the entrance gate is open from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. 
    • October to April, the entrance gate is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
    • Non-campers must leave the area by 10:00 p.m. year-round.
  • Dripping Springs Natural Area
    • From April to September, the entrance gate is open from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. 
    • From October to March, it is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
    • The Visitors Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Aguirre Spring Campground

  • Day use is $5 per vehicle and $15 per bus.
  • Camping fees are $7 per campsite.
  • Group sites are $50. Reservations are required.

Dripping Springs Natural Area/La Cueva

  • Day use is $5 per vehicle and $15 per bus. A group site is $50. 
  • No pets allowed 

Additional things to know before you visit the National Monument

  • Vehicles – Vehicles must remain on existing routes; no cross country driving is permitted.
  • Campfires – Fire rings are provided at the Aguirre Spring Campground. Do not leave fires unattended. Camp stoves are recommended throughout the National Monument.
  • Camping: Aguirre Spring Campground is the only campground in the Monument and requires a fee. Camping in the vast areas of Desert Peaks and Potrillo Mountains is primitive and does not require a permit or fee.
  • Pets – Pets must be kept under control and on a leash at all times within developed recreation areas.
  • Fireworks – Possession/discharge of fireworks is prohibited.
  • Firearms - Discharge of firearms is prohibited within a ½ mile of a recreation site.
  • Litter – Receptacles for trash are located at all developed campgrounds and picnic areas. Please do not litter.
  • Cultural Resources – Sites and artifacts dating back many centuries are located within the Monument. Removal or disturbance of these artifacts destroys valuable information about our past and is punishable by fines and/or imprisonment.

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Created: May 21, 2014
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Las Cruces District Office
1800 Marquess Street
Las Cruces, NM 88005-3370
(575) 525-4300

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(575) 522-1219

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