Campaign Kick-off Event

On March 20th, 2012, a diverse coalition of community leaders, historians and archeologists, business associations, sportsmen, and citizens came together at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum to announce the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument proposal. With a stunning view of the Organ Mountains and a Butterfield Stagecoach forming the backdrop of this historic event, speakers from the City of Las Cruces, Dona Ana County Commission, Green Chamber of Commerce, and leading historians presented an overview of this once in a lifetime conservation proposal.

The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument would protect beautiful lands around Las Cruces, including the breathtaking Organ Mountains, Kilbourne Hole and Aden Lava Flow, Potrillo, Sierra de Las Uvas and Robledo Mountains, and Broad Canyon. The Monument would protect unique American, Pre-American, and New Mexican history including miles of the Butterfield Stagecoach Trail, Billy the Kid’s Outlaw Rock, thousands of petroglyphs and archeological areas, Apollo Space Mission training sites, World War II Aerial Targets, Geronimo’s Cave, and more.

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