On Saturday I took advantage of another weekend off and headed up into southern New Mexico. In the morning I drove through Las Cruces to the Organ Mountains and hiked about 3.5 miles up to Baylor Pass. Interestingly, this pass was used by Confederate cavalry in 1862. At the pass I bush-whacked my way about halfway up Baylor Peak. My plan had been to summit it but after being stuck by some cholla and realizing my time was running short to get to the second location I wanted to make it to I decided to head back down.
The views of the Organ Mountains above Baylor Pass were pretty awesome. I also had a good view of the city of Las Cruces.
After the Organ Mountains I headed to White Sands National Monument. It is very unique and beautiful place with rolling almost white sand dunes composed of gypsum.