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Aguirre Spring Campground

Aquirre Spring Location Map
Aguirre Spring Recreation Area Map
Baylor Canyon Trail Map
Pine Tree Trail Map

The high wall, needle-like spires of the Organ Mountains curve dramatically around a semicircle of Chihuahuan Desert habitat at the Aguirre Spring Campground. The campground, nestled at the base of spectacular cliffs, overlooks the Tularosa Basin and White Sands National Monument. Alligator juniper, gray oak, mountain mahogany and sotol are a few of the abundant plant species here. Seasonal springs and streams occur in the canyon bottoms, with a few perennial springs that support riparian habitats.

Hiking, camping, horseback riding, picnicking, watchable wildlife. Leashed pets are allowed on trails.

The picnic/camp sites have shelters or shade trees; handicapped-accessible restrooms also are available.

  • Hiking
    Two national recreation trails start at the campground. The Baylor Pass Trail has its eastern end at the campground. This is a one-way trail of six miles, which will take you to the Baylor Canyon Road on the west side of the mountains. The Pine Tree Trail is a four-mile loop that climbs to the base of the Organ Needles, in Ponderosa Pine habitat. Both trails provide spectacular views of the Organ Mountains and the Tularosa Basin. The Baylor Pass Trail is open to hiking and equestrian use. The Pine Tree Trail is open to hiking only.
  • Camping
    The Aguirre Spring Campground is the only high-country campground in the Las Cruces/El Paso/Juarez region. It is hugely popular as a picnic site on weekends and holidays. The campground includes 57 family sites and two group sites.

Location / Access
Aquirre Spring Location Map

The Aguirre Spring Campground is located on the east side of Organ Mountains, east of Las Cruces in Dona Ana County. Take U.S. 70 for 14 miles east of the I-25/U.S. 70 interchange in Las Cruces, then turn south on the Aguirre Spring Road (1.1 miles after San Augustine Pass) for six miles. At mile 4 the road becomes a one-way loop and climbs steeply.



Aguirre Spring Campground

Photo Gallery (Flickr)

Hiking/Backpacking Camping Horseback Riding Picnicking Watchable Wildlife

Day Use (per vehicle) $5
Camping (per campsite) $7
Day Use (Bus) $15
Group Site (per group) $50: Reservations Required

Las Cruces District Office Day Use Pass: $30


Open year-round.

From April to October, the entrance gate is open from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. From October until April, it is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Non-campers must be out by 10:00 p.m. year-round.

Recreation Guidelines
BLM Recreation Guidelines

Special Rules

Firearm use is prohibited.


BLM: Las Cruces

Aquirre Springs Location Map

Aguirre Springs Recreation Area Map

Baylor Canyon Trail Map

Pine Tree Trail Map

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