The Robledo Mountains are about 10 miles to the north of Las Cruces, and relatively easy to hike in (as comparing with the Organs). Most local hikers, including the Ocotillo Hikers and our group, often make it a hiking destination.
In some literature, according to Steve, this is hike no. 20 in the Robledo's. And the Occitillo Hikers call it Deer Canyon hike.
It is a loop hike, going up one canyon, coming down on the other, and the two canyons converge at where the hike starts.
We are crossing the Rio Grande, so far as we know a couple days ago, it was dry and sandy. We would expect it like that, but there's a small chance there's a bit water.
DISTANCE is ~5 mi loop.
ELEVATION GAIN Around 700'?
FEES: None. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas!
DURATION: 4-5 hours. Finish by early/mid afternoon.
PET FRIENDLY? Yes. Bring a muzzle (you shouldn't need be told to bring a proper leash), and if you'd like to unleash, ask others before you do so. Warning: There's some dry waterfall to get up, and slippery scree to negotiate, boulders to climb across. You might end up assisting your dog if it comes necessary.
SKILL LEVEL is moderate to difficult in spots.
TERRAIN: Typical desert hill terrain.
WEATHER is sunny (75°F) and wind is mild.
ROAD CONDITIONS: All paved road. Only a bit over 10 miles from Kmart.
AFTERWARDS Fort Selden Winery and pizza from Little Caesar