Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks

Turning Organ Mountains - Desert Peaks into a national monument protects our Latino heritage.

These public lands are the backyard of Las Cruces, the crossroads of the Southwest, and the landscape our children enjoy today and inherit tomorrow. We have a moral responsibility – we belong to the land, it doesn’t belong to us – to serve as its stewards and protect the landscape.

Despite this abundance of wildlands, wildlife, and natural beauty, these lands are under constant threat from a wide range of modern-day activities. From urban sprawl to potential mining for rare earth minerals; from proposals for energy development to an explosion of off-road vehicles, these lands are under siege and need the protections that only a National Monument can provide.


Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have held many meetings with the New Mexico community about how the Organ Mountains might be protected. The effort to protect the region has broad support from local businesses, sportsmen, veterans, conservationists, Tribes, youth organizations, local electeds, the Las Cruces and El Paso economic development associations, and others.

According to a 2013 independent economic study by BBC Research & Consulting, protecting the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks as a national monument would contribute more than $7.4 million in additional annual economic activity and nearly double the number of jobs in outdoor recreation and tourism.

Key Decision Makers

Senator Tom Udall
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Senator Martin Heinrich
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Secretary Sally Jewell
P: 202-208-3100
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