Hiking Tips

Tips for Successful Outdoor Recreation in the Organ Mountain Desert Peaks National Monument

High Temperatures & Low Humidity
Please, drink plenty of water during recreational activities. Make sure to drink at least a liter every hour you’re out in the sun. Apply sunscreen, and/or wear a hat and other sun-protective clothing.

Pets must be kept on a leash at all times within developed recreation areas. Make sure they are under control at all times in other areas to protect wildlife and for their own protection. Rattlesnakes may be encountered anytime of the year, especially during warmer months.

Loose Footing, Sharp Rocks, Prickly Vegetation
Be sure to wear sturdy shoes or boots (and good socks) while walking or hiking as trails/terrain may be rough, at least in spots, or slippery due to loose rock and gravel. Long pants and long sleeves are often a good choice for protection from desert vegetation.

Camping and Campfires
Aguirre Springs Campground is the only developed campground in the Monument and requires a fee. Fire rings are provided. Do not leave fires unattended. Primitive camping is allowed in other areas of the Monument and does not require a permit or fee.

Cultural Resources
Sites and artifacts dating back many centuries are located within the Monument. Removal or disturbance of these artifacts destroys valuable information about our past and is punishable by fines and/or imprisonment.

Be Prepared
Even for a short hike, it pays to be prepared. Tuck some snacks, a headlamp or flashlight (in case you get caught on the trail after dark), and a first aid kit in your day pack. Leave a note in your car with information about your plans. Don’t forget your cell phone.

Please do not litter. Leave no trace.