The steep, angular mountain range against a clear blue sky at Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.


Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument was established on May 21st, 2014. As part of the National Conservation Lands System the nearly 496,000 acres are some of the Southwest’s most iconic landscapes.

The Monument is the current backdrop to Las Cruces, New Mexico, but has a long history where Geronimo and Billy the Kid once roamed, the Butterfield stagecoach meandered, and World War II pilots trained. It is home to diverse geological, biological and cultural resources. The diversity of landscapes, wildlife and hidden desert treasures provide artists endless inspiration.

The Artist in Residence partnership between the Friends of Organ Mountains and BLM educates and promotes the appreciation, protections and preservation of natural and cultural resources on public lands. The residency provides an artist and public an opportunity to interact to better enhance the understanding of the public lands as well as the unique qualities an artists eye can capture.

Current Artist-in-Residence Opportunities

Applications are now open for Spring 2022 Residency.  Details and applications are available through the Friends of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks