We've always meant to go to Aguirre Spring, but somehow never did. Now that we've been there, we'll be going back again and again. Run by the Bureau of Land Management, it is located on the opposite (east) side of the Organ Mountains from Las Cruces.
We look at the mountains from the other side every day. We have passed by the turnoff the the campground/picnic area many, many times. I am so glad we took the time to drive in and do a little exploration.
The air was so clean, it was absolutely delicious. It was quiet, except for birdsong. The plants and trees were varied--sotol (see below) and alligator juniper were a couple that I recognized.
|The back side of the Organ Mountains|
|This is the view down toward the Tularosa Basin. You can see part of the White Sands Missile Range to the right.|
|There were little trees growing way up there between the rocky outcrops|
|I loved the way the light was shining through these sotol leaves|