Organ Needles Wilderness Study Area

Bureau Of Land Management, New Mexico.

The Organ Needles WSA is located in the south-central portion of New Mexico on the eastern edge of Las Cruces. The mountain range is composed of jagged, high spires with steep rocky ridges interspersed by narrow rocky canyons. The steep, angular, rock pinnacles and outcroppings are massive. The northern area is granite, while the southern portion is rhyolite, which creates a distinct color variation. Vegetation consists of mixed desert shrubs, piƱon, and juniper woodlands and, in narrow chasms between rock outcrops, ribbons of green oak trees and ponderosa pine. Many of the canyons contain seasonal or year-long springs which create unique habitats for plants and animals. Archaeological sites include remnants of historic mining and prehistoric rock shelters.

Per the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act which became law on March 12, 2019, this web page is currently being updated. To find more information on the new wilderness areas in New Mexico created by the Act, please visit: Wilderness Connect

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Directions

From US Highway 70, turn south on Aguirre Spring Road 1.1 miles east of San Augustine Pass. Drive 6 miles (at mile 4 the road becomes a one-way loop and climbs steeply) to the Aguirre Spring Campground (fee area, $5 for day use) where the trailhead for the Pine Tree Trail is located. This Trail makes a 4 mile loop into the WSA and is open to hiking only. Click here for a map of the trail.

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