Our last day visiting the Las Cruces area means finding another hike and maybe a museum. Because New Mexico is still under strict Covid-19 restrictions, many of the local museums are closed and some of the parks are closed. Fortunately, Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks National Monument is open for hiking.
From our hotel, it is a 25 minute drive up to the Visitor Center which is not open. However, there is a volunteer sitting at a table outside providing information about the park.
Most popular hike is Dripping Springs, a mile and half up to an area that did have a spring and was home to Van Patten Mountain Camp and Boyd Sanatorium.
The views of the valley, the Organ Mountain peaks, the geology and the desert plants is such an enjoyable way to spend the morning.
Again, there is much history in this area. Check out the website. https://www.organmountains.org
This National Monument is still under the management of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). You can still get a stamp for the National Park Passport Book. Definitely a place worth exploring near to Las Cruces.