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Ocotillo in Spring with Organ Mountain Backdrop

 

Hiking Tortugas, A-Mountain Las Cruces: Monte Vista Trail with Maps and Photos

Dona Ana County
Near Las Cruces, New Mexico

Entry Fee: None
Official Website

 

Funny thing about hiking beyond your twenties. Almost no one is left. And the very few who still get outdoors are very hardcore!

 

My first time up A Mountain from the Monte Vista Hiking Trail, I huffed and puffed, very proud of myself at the pace I kept. Then I heard someone come up behind me, jogging. He was nearly twice my age, and he just flew on by me. We chatted at the top. He was in his late sixties then, and he told me that he'd taken this loop every day for the past 30 years.

 

And that is the beauty of the Monte Vista Hiking Trail. You see all sort of desert plants and flowers, you get a great view from the top of Las Cruces and the Organ Mountains, but unlike nearby Soledad Canyon or Desert Peaks National Monument, there is a very local, old "New World" feel. The people I meet there - and there are far fewer - tend not to be tourists or transplants, but hikers and mountain bikers very tied to the area by deep roots. They are good people, and this loop is easily one of my favorite hikes in the area or anywhere.

 

From CO 77 (Dripping Springs Road) out of Las Cruces, watch south, to your right, just after you pass Tortugas, A-Mountain, for a dirt parking lot and sign for Monte Vista Trail. Upon parking, head south by foot or mountain bike, hugging the foothills as the trails turn west. This is an amazing area, and there are plenty of trails to explore if you deviate from the mountain. Thus plus an abundance of growth including ocotillo, prickly pear, various yucca and wildflowers, away from the pervasive creosote, make return visits year around very worthwhile.

 

After a mile or so, will see a paved, switchback road leading up to the Tortugas Mountain Observatory and la capilla (little shrine) at the apex of the mountain - the culmination of the pilgrimage Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. There is also a shrine dedicated Miguel Silva, whose company I much enjoyed while working with NMSU and studying at DACC. This paved area is a good workout and tougher than it looks, always challenging whether you crawl, walk, or move onto running.

 

From the top, you have great views of the Organ Mountains and of the city, as well as a chance to visit the shrines. Coming down the west face is rocky, so your joints can get a workout. The trail then loops back east along the southern foothills back to where you started. At it's shortest, without deviation, the loop is just under five miles with close to a 900 foot change in elevation.

 

Tortuguas Trail Map

Monte Vista Hiking Trail Loop - PDF Map of Hiking Trail

 

Interactive Map of Trail at AllTrails

 

Find below pictures and a Google Map.

 

Hedgehog cactus, Echinocereus triglochidiatus, in bloom

Cactus with orange flowers: Hedgehog cactus, Echinocereus triglochidiatus, in bloom

 

opuntia - prickly pear

Opuntia - prickly pear

 

Pod of white little white desert flowers on the spectacle pod, Dimorphocarpa wislizeni

Pod of white little white desert flowers on the spectacle pod, Dimorphocarpa wislizeni

 

Full view of spectacle pod flowers, Dimorphocarpa wislizeni

Full view of spectacle pod flowers, Dimorphocarpa wislizeni

 

Yucca in bloom from atop Tortugas Mountain, Las Cruces

Yucca in bloom from atop Tortugas Mountain, Las Cruces, with Organ Mountains backdrop

 

Tortugas Mountain Observatory

Tortugas Mountain Observatory

 

Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine atop Tortugas

Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine atop Tortugas

 

Hiking atop Tortugas, Organ Mountains

Hiking atop Tortugas, Organ Mountains

 

KRWG transmitter behind shrine atop Tortugas

KRWG transmitter behind shrine atop Tortugas, Las Cruces, New Mexico

 

 

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Ocotillo in Spring with Organ Mountain Backdrop

Tortuguas Trail Map

Hedgehog cactus, Echinocereus triglochidiatus, in bloom

opuntia - prickly pear

Pod of white little white desert flowers on the spectacle pod, Dimorphocarpa wislizeni

Full view of spectacle pod flowers, Dimorphocarpa wislizeni

Yucca in bloom from atop Tortugas Mountain, Las Cruces

Tortugas Mountain Observatory

Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine atop Tortugas

Hiking atop Tortugas, Organ Mountains

KRWG transmitter behind shrine atop Tortugas

Mountain Time - Hiking Trails, Maps, and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Ocotillo in Spring with Organ Mountain Backdrop

Tortuguas Trail Map

Hedgehog cactus, Echinocereus triglochidiatus, in bloom

opuntia - prickly pear

Pod of white little white desert flowers on the spectacle pod, Dimorphocarpa wislizeni

Full view of spectacle pod flowers, Dimorphocarpa wislizeni

Yucca in bloom from atop Tortugas Mountain, Las Cruces

Tortugas Mountain Observatory

Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine atop Tortugas

Hiking atop Tortugas, Organ Mountains

KRWG transmitter behind shrine atop Tortugas

Mountain Time - Hiking Trails, Maps, and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Ocotillo in Spring with Organ Mountain Backdrop

Tortuguas Trail Map

Hedgehog cactus, Echinocereus triglochidiatus, in bloom

opuntia - prickly pear

Pod of white little white desert flowers on the spectacle pod, Dimorphocarpa wislizeni

Full view of spectacle pod flowers, Dimorphocarpa wislizeni

Yucca in bloom from atop Tortugas Mountain, Las Cruces

Tortugas Mountain Observatory

Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine atop Tortugas

Hiking atop Tortugas, Organ Mountains

KRWG transmitter behind shrine atop Tortugas

Mountain Time - Hiking Trails, Maps, and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Ocotillo in Spring with Organ Mountain Backdrop

Tortuguas Trail Map

Hedgehog cactus, Echinocereus triglochidiatus, in bloom

opuntia - prickly pear

Pod of white little white desert flowers on the spectacle pod, Dimorphocarpa wislizeni

Full view of spectacle pod flowers, Dimorphocarpa wislizeni

Yucca in bloom from atop Tortugas Mountain, Las Cruces

Tortugas Mountain Observatory

Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine atop Tortugas

Hiking atop Tortugas, Organ Mountains

KRWG transmitter behind shrine atop Tortugas

Bryan Lindenberger
Ocotillo in Spring with Organ Mountain Backdrop

Tortuguas Trail Map

Hedgehog cactus, Echinocereus triglochidiatus, in bloom

opuntia - prickly pear

Pod of white little white desert flowers on the spectacle pod, Dimorphocarpa wislizeni

Full view of spectacle pod flowers, Dimorphocarpa wislizeni

Yucca in bloom from atop Tortugas Mountain, Las Cruces

Tortugas Mountain Observatory

Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine atop Tortugas

Hiking atop Tortugas, Organ Mountains

KRWG transmitter behind shrine atop Tortugas

Mountain Time - Hiking Trails, Maps, and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Ocotillo in Spring with Organ Mountain Backdrop

Tortuguas Trail Map

Hedgehog cactus, Echinocereus triglochidiatus, in bloom

opuntia - prickly pear

Pod of white little white desert flowers on the spectacle pod, Dimorphocarpa wislizeni

Full view of spectacle pod flowers, Dimorphocarpa wislizeni

Yucca in bloom from atop Tortugas Mountain, Las Cruces

Tortugas Mountain Observatory

Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine atop Tortugas

Hiking atop Tortugas, Organ Mountains

KRWG transmitter behind shrine atop Tortugas

Bryan Lindenberger
Ocotillo in Spring with Organ Mountain Backdrop
Bryan Lindenberger
Ocotillo in Spring with Organ Mountain Backdrop

Tortuguas Trail Map

Hedgehog cactus, Echinocereus triglochidiatus, in bloom

opuntia - prickly pear

Pod of white little white desert flowers on the spectacle pod, Dimorphocarpa wislizeni

Full view of spectacle pod flowers, Dimorphocarpa wislizeni

Yucca in bloom from atop Tortugas Mountain, Las Cruces

Tortugas Mountain Observatory

Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine atop Tortugas

Hiking atop Tortugas, Organ Mountains

KRWG transmitter behind shrine atop Tortugas

Bryan Lindenberger
Ocotillo in Spring with Organ Mountain Backdrop

Tortuguas Trail Map

Hedgehog cactus, Echinocereus triglochidiatus, in bloom

opuntia - prickly pear

Pod of white little white desert flowers on the spectacle pod, Dimorphocarpa wislizeni

Full view of spectacle pod flowers, Dimorphocarpa wislizeni

Yucca in bloom from atop Tortugas Mountain, Las Cruces

Tortugas Mountain Observatory

Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine atop Tortugas

Hiking atop Tortugas, Organ Mountains

KRWG transmitter behind shrine atop Tortugas

Bryan Lindenberger
Ocotillo in Spring with Organ Mountain Backdrop

Tortuguas Trail Map

Hedgehog cactus, Echinocereus triglochidiatus, in bloom

opuntia - prickly pear

Pod of white little white desert flowers on the spectacle pod, Dimorphocarpa wislizeni

Full view of spectacle pod flowers, Dimorphocarpa wislizeni

Yucca in bloom from atop Tortugas Mountain, Las Cruces

Tortugas Mountain Observatory

Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine atop Tortugas

Hiking atop Tortugas, Organ Mountains

KRWG transmitter behind shrine atop Tortugas

Mountain Time - Hiking Trails, Maps, and Images