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Remnant of Van Pattens Camp, Organ Mountains foothills, Las Cruces, New Mexico

 

Hiking Organ Mountains, Dripping Springs with Photos and Map

Dona Ana County

Las Cruces, New Mexico

 

When this popular mountain park and hiking area to the east of Las Cruces, New Mexico, became a National Park, it faced a branding issue. What do we now call it? It's no longer Organ Mountains State Park, some might say Dripping Springs Natural Area, and the official Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument ... that's kind of a mouthful for anyone! TIP: If you plan on using an Online map to get there, park, hike, and camp, "Organ Mountain National Recreation Area" is your best bet.

 

I lived there long enough to feel kind of local and just call them "The Organs."

 

The hiking is great all times of the year. One trail that leads to Dripping Spring seems the most popular, and very worthwhile particularly after a snow melt, or following a rain during monsoon season. This trail leads past some fascinating, abandoned structures as well, such as Boyd's Sanitorium and the Van Patten Camp. My favorite is the La Cueva Trail, which is a left turn along the Dripping Springs Trail, leads through surprisingly diverse scenery and surroundings, past a cave, and loops right back to the parking lot and visitor center.

Find below pictures and a Google Map -
the map leads to the parking and visitor center area where the trails begin.

 

View of Organ Mountains from Dripping Springs Trail

 

Organ Mountain National Recreation Area

 

Yucca in bloom near Las Cruces, New Mexico

 

Organ Mountains, Las Cruces, New Mexico

 

Dripping Springs Trail at Organ Mountains National Recreation Area

 

 

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Remnant of Van Pattens Camp, Organ Mountains foothills, Las Cruces, New Mexico

View of Organ Mountains from Dripping Springs Trail

Organ Mountain National Recreation Area

Yucca in bloom near Las Cruces, New Mexico

Organ Mountains, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Dripping Springs Trail at Organ Mountains National Recreation Area

Mountain Time - Hiking Trails, Maps, and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Remnant of Van Pattens Camp, Organ Mountains foothills, Las Cruces, New Mexico

View of Organ Mountains from Dripping Springs Trail

Organ Mountain National Recreation Area

Yucca in bloom near Las Cruces, New Mexico

Organ Mountains, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Dripping Springs Trail at Organ Mountains National Recreation Area

Mountain Time - Hiking Trails, Maps, and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Remnant of Van Pattens Camp, Organ Mountains foothills, Las Cruces, New Mexico

View of Organ Mountains from Dripping Springs Trail

Organ Mountain National Recreation Area

Yucca in bloom near Las Cruces, New Mexico

Organ Mountains, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Dripping Springs Trail at Organ Mountains National Recreation Area

Mountain Time - Hiking Trails, Maps, and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Remnant of Van Pattens Camp, Organ Mountains foothills, Las Cruces, New Mexico

View of Organ Mountains from Dripping Springs Trail

Organ Mountain National Recreation Area

Yucca in bloom near Las Cruces, New Mexico

Organ Mountains, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Dripping Springs Trail at Organ Mountains National Recreation Area

Bryan Lindenberger
Remnant of Van Pattens Camp, Organ Mountains foothills, Las Cruces, New Mexico

View of Organ Mountains from Dripping Springs Trail

Organ Mountain National Recreation Area

Yucca in bloom near Las Cruces, New Mexico

Organ Mountains, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Dripping Springs Trail at Organ Mountains National Recreation Area

Mountain Time - Hiking Trails, Maps, and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Remnant of Van Pattens Camp, Organ Mountains foothills, Las Cruces, New Mexico

View of Organ Mountains from Dripping Springs Trail

Organ Mountain National Recreation Area

Yucca in bloom near Las Cruces, New Mexico

Organ Mountains, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Dripping Springs Trail at Organ Mountains National Recreation Area

Bryan Lindenberger
Remnant of Van Pattens Camp, Organ Mountains foothills, Las Cruces, New Mexico
Bryan Lindenberger
Remnant of Van Pattens Camp, Organ Mountains foothills, Las Cruces, New Mexico

View of Organ Mountains from Dripping Springs Trail

Organ Mountain National Recreation Area

Yucca in bloom near Las Cruces, New Mexico

Organ Mountains, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Dripping Springs Trail at Organ Mountains National Recreation Area

Bryan Lindenberger
Remnant of Van Pattens Camp, Organ Mountains foothills, Las Cruces, New Mexico

View of Organ Mountains from Dripping Springs Trail

Organ Mountain National Recreation Area

Yucca in bloom near Las Cruces, New Mexico

Organ Mountains, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Dripping Springs Trail at Organ Mountains National Recreation Area

Bryan Lindenberger
Remnant of Van Pattens Camp, Organ Mountains foothills, Las Cruces, New Mexico

View of Organ Mountains from Dripping Springs Trail

Organ Mountain National Recreation Area

Yucca in bloom near Las Cruces, New Mexico

Organ Mountains, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Dripping Springs Trail at Organ Mountains National Recreation Area

Mountain Time - Hiking Trails, Maps, and Images