Location: East of Las Cruces; west of White Sands Missile Range
Elevation Range: 4,600-9,012 feet
BLM Acreage: 7,604 acres
The Organ Needles WSA is located in the south-central portion of New Mexico on the eastern edge of Las Cruces. The mountain range is composed of jagged, high spires with steep rocky ridges interspersed by narrow rocky canyons. The steep, angular, rock pinnacles and outcroppings are massive. The northern area is granite, while the southern portion is rhyolite, which creates a distinct color variation. Vegetation consists of mixed desert shrubs, piñon, and juniper woodlands and, in narrow chasms between rock outcrops, ribbons of green oak trees and ponderosa pine. Many of the canyons contain seasonal or year-long springs which create unique habitats for plants and animals. Archaeological sites include remnants of historic mining and prehistoric rock shelters.
From US Highway 70, turn south on Aguirre Spring Road 1.1 miles east of San Augustine Pass. Drive 6 miles (at mile 4 the road becomes a one-way loop and climbs steeply) to the Aguirre Spring Campground (fee area, $5 for day use) where the trailhead for the Pine Tree Trail is located. This Trail makes a 4 mile loop into the WSA and is open to hiking only. Click here for a map of the trail.
1. This area may be accessed with a standard vehicle. Conditions of roads can change at any time due to weather. Drivers should avoid dirt roads during rain or snow. Drivers should be cautious of wash-out following rain or snowmelt.
Las Cruces District Office
1800 Marquess Street
Las Cruces, NM 88005