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Organ Mountains, NM
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Organ Mountains, NM 
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Car Camping avatar Apr 08 2012
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Decided I wanted to camp a couple nights at Aguirre Spring Campground on the northeast side of the Organ Mountains. Since it was Easter weekend I knew it would be busy everywhere, so I left Tucson Sunday. When I arrived at the campground around 4 PM, it was jammed with families, but after hanging around talking with the BLM rangers for about an hour, things cleared out rapidly. Only a few folks besides me camped Sunday and Monday. :D This is a very nice campground at a price that can't be beat: $3/night! Note..effective May 1, 2012 the fee increases to $5/vehicle for day use and $7/vehicle for camping. Still a bargain. The campground has a strict gate policy. It is opened at 8 AM and closed at 7 PM from April through September (5 PM from October through March). This helps keep things rather peaceful. :)

Since you are very close to the White Sands Missile Range headquarters, the sound of reveille and taps bugle calls can be heard, which I found kind of cool. The only other thing that was occasionally noticeable was the sound of the drones flying around the area.

There are two hiking trails available from the campground: Baylor Pass and Pine Tree. I did Pine Tree Monday before heading into town to get more ice and stop for some very good Mexican food at Habaneros Fresh Mex (chef Felix does it right!).

After two pleasant nights camping, I stopped for breakfast Tuesday at Andele! in Mesilla (another of my favorites), before heading home. As always, it was another fine time in the Las Cruces area. :y:
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