Hello Wobblies. Thanks for joining us to explore the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument of New Mexico.
In the video below we take a quick look at our campsite in Aguirre Spring Campground, see the highlights of the 4.2 mile Pine Tree Loop Trail, and enjoy a brief evening fireside chat. It's all in the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument of New Mexico.
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The Bureau of Land Managment (BLM) manages the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. We chose to visit because it is both beautiful and dog-friendly.
Aguirre Spring Campground
The Aguirre Spring Campground is at the base of the Organ Mountains, overlooking the Tularosa Basin; a part of the Chihuahuan Desert. Aguirre Spring Campground has 57 sites. Vault toilets are conveniently interspersed throughout the campground. Water is available at the campground entrance.
A covered picnic table, standing grill and fire ring with grate are at most of the campsites.
Pine Tree Loop Trail
The Pine Tree Loop Trail is a 4.2 miles (6.8 kilometers) loop trail. There's a 1,023-foot (312-meter) elevation gain in a little over 2 miles. The trail is dog-friendly. It takes us about 3.5 hours to complete the trail.
On the way to the start of the trail, you'll see a warning sign with this message, "WARNING... People have died while climbing in these mountains. Don't attempt climbs or hikes that you don't have the ability, equipment, or the time to accomplish. Hike or climb with at least one other person. Leave word where you are going and when you will return. Leave rattlesnakes alone and they will leave you alone. Take water and appropriate clothing with you."
It's a good sign.
The trail has a nice variety of terrain. Much of it has large rocks. The path is well marked. There is a marker at the half-way point. The elevation is 6,880 feet at the half-way point. There are some incredible alligator juniper trees and ponderosa pine trees on the trail. The view of the Tularosa Basin is spectacular.
We encountered three very small springs. It was late January at the time of our visit and the springs were mostly frozen.
Some of Our Gear Seen in this Video
Following are links to some of our gear seen in this video.
- Luminoodle: https://amzn.to/2GZl3wA
- Goal Zero Nomad 20 Solar Panel: https://amzn.to/2teiggT
- Goal Zero Yeti 400 Portable Power Station, 400Wh Battery (the one we currently have): https://amzn.to/2FMMTwE
- Goal Zero Yeti 400 Lithium Battery Portable Power Station, 428Wh (on our wish list): https://amzn.to/2F9JBGy
- Zamp Solar 40P Portable Charge Kit: https://amzn.to/2FQJqxe
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