The stunning Organ Mountains, flanking the east side of Las Cruces, New Mexico, are just an hour north of El Paso. Great hiking and biking can be enjoyed on both sides of the mountain, with a trailhead at Dripping Springs on BLM land not far from Interstate 25 at the University exit. Drive east out of Las Cruces on Highway 70 and pass through the Organs to reach Aguirre Springs quickly. This BLM area features great hiking and a campground. Las Cruces itself offers much to see, so start or end your day with a tour of the city.
Activities: Hiking, mountain biking, birding, rock climbing, camping, picnicking
Hours vary; see web site
Fee: Entrance fee plus activity fees.