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Tortugas Mountain, NM

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Distance Round Trip 1.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,303 feet
Elevation Gain 520 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 4.1
Interest Ruins, Historic & Peak
Photos Viewed All Mine Following
13  2017-03-14 Uncharted
8  2012-12-04 Jim_H
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Feb, Apr
Sun  7:08am - 5:25pm
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Nearby Area Water
Yellow Rocks
Yellow Rocks
5.6 mi away
2.0 mi
1,140 ft
Organ Peak via Fillmore Canyon
Organ Peak via Fillmore Canyon
5.8 mi away
5.0 mi
3,990 ft
Ice Canyon
5.8 mi away
3.0 mi
500 ft
Organ Needle 9012
Organ Needle 9012
6.0 mi away
7.4 mi
4,335 ft
Fillmore Canyon / Modoc Mine
Fillmore Canyon / Modoc Mine
6.0 mi away
2.2 mi
435 ft
Dripping Springs Natural Area
Dripping Springs Natural Area
6.1 mi away
Rabbit Ears Plateau
Rabbit Ears Plateau
6.6 mi away
6.0 mi
3,117 ft
South Rabbit Ear Peak
South Rabbit Ear Peak
6.6 mi away
6.0 mi
3,237 ft
Baylor Peak
Baylor Peak
8.0 mi away
7.5 mi
2,875 ft
Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park
8.2 mi away
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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.

    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From University Ave in south Las Cruces, drive east over I-25 and the road become Dripping Springs Road, which also takes you to the Organ Mountain recreation area. There is an eastern and a western parking area maintained by the BLM. I parked at the eastern one, so the trailhead uses that one.
    page created by Jim_H on Dec 05 2012 11:32 am
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