Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

Jul 27, 2017
In 2014, President Obama designated the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in New Mexico after ten years of collaborative work and input from a very diverse group of stakeholders: ranchers, recreation groups, local business owners, state agencies, nearby communities, the White Sands Missile Range, Fort Bliss and the U.S. Border Patrol.

Since President Trump's call to review national monuments, Doña Ana County leaders, local tribes, business leaders, faith leaders, elected officials, sportsmen and women, recreation users, scientists and residents have been standing up in strong support of keeping the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument just the way it is. Doña Ana County, City of Las Cruces, Town of Mesilla, City of Sunland Park and City of Anthony all passed formal resolutions in support of the monument, and southern New Mexico residents submitted thousands of comments to the Department of Interior.

The 496,000-acre monument contains 8 wilderness areas, and additional protections for natural, cultural, and historical resources, including rare examples of Chihuahuan Desert grasslands and sky islands, the Potrillo volcanic field, landmarks along the El Camino Real National Historic Trail, the Apollo mission training site at Kilbourne Hole, 22 miles of the Butterfield Stagecoach Trail, Billy the Kid's Outlaw Rock, hundreds of Native American archaeological sites, the Gadsden Purchase international boundary, historic ranch houses, the Organ Mountains, and the Sierra de las Uvas Mountains.  The monument will continue to be managed by the Bureau of Land Management, and grazing, wildlife and game, and existing roads used for ranching will all continue to be managed as they were historically.