La Cueva Loop Trail is a wonderful historical hike in the Organ Mountains and Desert Peaks National Monument just a short drive from Las Cruces, New Mexico. This hike is sure to please all including hikers with small children. Watch for raptors in the sky and rattlesnakes on the ground! The BLM says " La Cueva rock shelter is an archeological site located at the foot of the Organ Mountains outside Las Cruces, New Mexico. The shelter was occupied from almost 5,000 BC through the historic period that followed the arrival of the Europeans. In the mid 1970's approximately 100,000 artifacts were recovered here by the University of Texas at El Paso. During the 18th and 19th Centuries, the rock shelter was probably known to the roving bands of Apaches who frequented the area. Then, in the 1860s, the cave was reportedly home to one of the more eccentric figures of New Mexico's history, Giovanni Maria Agostini, known to local folks as "El Ermitano," the Hermit. The cave can be reached by a moderately challenging trail less than a half mile from a picnic area." This hike is kid friendly. There is camping available in the Organ Mountains and Desert Peaks National Monument.
Contact: BLM Las Cruces District Office 1800 Marquess Street Las Cruces, NM 88005