Tortugas Mountain is a 1.5 mile round trip hike with 520 feet elevation gain. Located 5 miles east-southeast of Las Cruces New Mexico. Trailhead access is via a dirt road which is typically car accessible when dry. March and November are the best months to enjoy this hike.
Overview: A collection of trails on Las Cruces's eastern edge which is a popular location for short afternoon excursions. A small hill with a number of communication and observatory structures on the summit is accessible via a network of mountain bike and hiking trails. Stats reflect parking at the eastern trailhead and hiking to the middle summit between the tall radio towers and the old university observatory structures.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.