Picacho Peak Recreation Area


Map of Picacho Peak Recreation Area
Picacho Peak Location Map
Map of Picacho Peak Trails

Picacho Peak is a 4959-foot high peak just northwest of Las Cruces. It is a volcanic mountain composed of rhyolite (mostly quartz and feldspar) that solidified at the surface approximately 35 million years ago. The recreation area has over 15 miles of mountain biking, hiking, and equestrian trails. The 1.5 mile trail to the peak provides spectacular views of the Mesilla Valley and the Organ Mountains. Although most of the recreational use occurs on the peak, there are also large canyons and mesa tops to explore.

Activities
Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, nature study, photography, picnicking and OHV use limited to existing 4WD routes.

Facilities
One shaded picnic area is available. Restrooms and drinking water are not available.

Location/Access
Picacho Peak Location Map

The main trailhead is located on the south side of the peak. Access is suitable for most vehicles. Some arroyo crossings on the unpaved Loop Rd. will not be passable for RVs with a longer wheelbase.

From Interstate 10:  Take exit 135 (W. Picacho Ave. /Highway 70 East) and travel east for approximately 2.5 miles. Turn north on Picacho Hills Dr. Continue on Barcelona Ridge Rd. after one mile. Travel one more mile and turn north on Anthem Rd. Follow this for one mile to its end. Turn north on Loop Rd. (unpaved). Follow this for 1.5 miles to the trailhead parking lot.

From Interstate 25:  Take exit 6 (Highway 70 West/Las Cruces). Travel west (this is also known as N. Main St.) for approximately 2.5 miles. Turn right (west) on W. Picacho Ave. and follow this for four miles.  Turn north on Picacho Hills Dr. Continue on Barcelona Ridge Rd. after one mile. Travel one more mile and turn north on Anthem Rd. Follow this for one mile to its end. Turn north on Loop Rd. (unpaved). Follow this for 1.5 miles to the trailhead parking lot.


Photo of Picacho Peak

Hiking/Backpacking Mountain Biking Horseback Riding Nature Study Picnicking 

Fees
None

Season/Hours
Open year-round.

Recreation Guidelines
BLM Recreation Guidelines

Special Rules

No ground fires.

No shooting near trails, houses, or livestock.

Motorized use of the trail is prohibited.

The trail to the top of the mountain (Picacho Peak Trail) is only open to hiking.


Maps
Picacho Peak Recreation Area

Picacho Peak Location Map

Picacho Peak Trails
BLM: Las Cruces
See Contact Information below to obtain maps or visit the Public Lands Information Center.

Contact Information
Las Cruces District Office
1800 Marquess Street
Las Cruces, NM  88005-3370
575.525.4300