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BLM Winter Bucket List #29: Dripping Springs Natural Area within the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, New Mexico, for Easy Hikes and Wildlife Viewing Year-Round | by mypubliclands
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BLM Winter Bucket List #29: Dripping Springs Natural Area within the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, New Mexico, for Easy Hikes and Wildlife Viewing Year-Round

BLM Winter Bucket List #29: Dripping Springs Natural Area within the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, New Mexico, for Easy Hikes and Wildlife Viewing Year-Round

 

The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument was established on May 21, 2014, by Presidential Proclamation, and is a part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands. The National Monument - a total of 496,330 acres - includes four distinct areas with a wide variety of recreation opportunities: the Organ Mountains, Desert Peaks, Potrillo Mountains, and Doña Ana Mountains.

 

The most developed portion of the monument is the Organ Mountains, which is the location of the Visitor Center at Dripping Springs. Pictured here, the Dripping Springs Natural Area has over four miles of easy hiking trails, including the Dripping Springs Trail, which shows off desert scrub and low elevation pinon-juniper and oak woodlands. The area also boasts excellent wildlife viewing opportunities, including year-round viewing of red-tailed hawk, Gambel’s quail, and golden eagle as well as desert mule deer and coyote. Hike along here or reserve the picnic area for family and friends.

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Taken on January 29, 2010