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Tortugas Pilgrimage at “A” Mountain


To initiate their celebration of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the village of Tortugas, NM and the members of La Corporación de los Indigenes de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe organize a pilgrimage to the top of Tortugas Mountain where they celebrate mass. The following day (12 December) they install their new officers and offer a comida. For some forty years Pat Beckett, past President of CARTA, was the head cook.

This is a moderate hike covering less than 3 miles and an altitude gain of 500 ft. The trail is wide and well maintained. Those that wish can take any of a number of goat tracks up the side of the mountain. Pat Beckett will meet us at the gathering point, give us a short introduction and send off. There is no cost but CARTA would be happy to take your membership or renewal. No reservation necessary. For further information please call: Pat Beckett (575.644.0868) or Ben Brown (

DISTANCE is ~3 mi

ELEVATION GAIN is ~500 ft gained.

FEES: None. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas!

DURATION: 2–3 hours

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.

SKILL LEVEL is reasonably beginner friendly.

TERRAIN low desert, with sand, cacti, yucca, etc. Should mostly be on-road/trail.



MEET for carpool at:

Las Cruces: 8:00 am, in/outside Milagro Coffee at Pan Am Plaza. See map (OpenStreetMap ( or Google Maps (,-106.745166&aq=&sll=32.304328,-106.770802&sspn=0.057166,0.086174&ie=UTF8&ll=32.28755,-106.745288&spn=0.014929,0.021544&t=h&z=16)). MORE information:
Milagro Coffee
1733 East University Avenue · Las Cruces, NM
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