Baylor Canyon/Pass

Jornada Hiking & Outdoors Club
Jornada Hiking & Outdoors Club
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Beginner's hike (please come out!), co-organized with the El Paso Ridgewalkers.

We're not going to do a one-way carpool/shuffle; this hike is 12 mi out and back, starting and ending at the Baylor Canyon Pass trailhead. If you want something shorter (and very beginner friendly), hike to the top of the pass and back for a shorter 6–7 mi hike. Hope to finish the 12 mi route by late lunch, so we have the rest of the day free.

The west side of the Organ Mountains (Baylor Canyon) is ripe with high desert flora and fauna, while the east side takes you into juniper and pine country you didn't think you'd find 15 min from Las Cruces.

Meet at:

Las Cruces: At 8:00 am, K-Mart parking lot on North Main/US 70 and Del Rey, near Shell. See map (OpenStreetMap ( or Google Maps (,-106.76538&aq=&sll=32.2563,-106.7&sspn=0.015497,0.018582&ie=UTF8&ll=32.351135,-106.768591&spn=0.00774,0.01502&t=h&z=17)). El Paso: Meet the Ridgewalkers at 7:15 am, I-10 and Transmountain Road Shell. Meet and park at the gravel parking lot to the west of the gas station. See map (OpenStreetMap ( or Google Maps (,-106.581483&aq=&sll=31.907128,-106.581379&sspn=0.001874,0.001261&ie=UTF8&ll=31.9077,-106.581931&spn=0.001874,0.002693&t=h&z=19)). Don't be late, Ridgewalkers leave 7:15 sharp! Baylor Canon trailhead At 8:15 am. To get there: take US 70 east from Las Cruces up to the NASA Road/Baylor Canyon Road exit (last exit on the divided highway before Organ). Take that exit, take a right onto Baylor Canyon Road, and head out past the subdivision. After about 2 miles, the BLM-marked parking area will be to your left. See map (OpenStreetMap ( or Google Maps (,-106.61389&aq=&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=55.718442,39.726562&ie=UTF8&ll=32.391341,-106.626005&spn=0.029389,0.042315&t=h&z=15)). More information:

Trail map on OpenStreetMap ( (w/ topography)