(nr Organ NM)
Visited Aguirre Springs National Recreation Area CG against the Organ Mountains, overlooking the Tularosa Basin. A fantastic location with great views that came highly recommended by a friend.
Big rigs are not recommended there. Check with the volunteer at the gate, before entering, as they can tell you if your rig will fit. There is a severe dip exiting on the one-way loop, and a long RV is likely to get hung up.
I chose to hike the Pine Tree Trail, a 4 1/2 mile loop up to the base of the pinnacles, with a 1,500 ft gain in elevation. It took me four hours stopping for photos and to rest. I had a snack at the halfway mark and high point at about 7,000 ft. It was a beautiful and enjoyable hike.
Another hike is the Baylor Pass Trail, at about the same length; but, it goes out then back on the same path. That trail goes over the crest, at a lower elevation, and part way down the other side of the mountain.
Dry camped two days for $7 (half price) at a nice site facing the mountains. Only three others in the campground, so it was very quiet. Had a strong 4G LTE Verizon internet signal too. Weather was perfect for a really enjoyable stay.
Camp: Aguirre Springs NRA – BLM
Scene: Mountains, rocks, trails
Also see: Pine Tree Trail
We’ve hiked at Aguirre Springs a few times while staying at Leasburg Dam SP. Wished we could camp there but our 30’LD would definitely scrape on that big dip.
The first time we went there was a bad windstorm the day before. One of the camp hosts fifth wheels at Aguirre Springs had been blown over, and a semi went over crossing the pass. We learned to take those NM high wind warnings seriously!
It’s a sweet spot for sure. And yes, wind warnings in the west are to be heeded.