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Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground

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Bureau of Land Management

The high wall, needle-like spires of the Organ Mountains curve dramatically around a semicircle of Chihuahuan Desert habitat at the Aguirre Spring Campground. The campground, nestled at the base of spectacular cliffs, overlooks the Tularosa Basin and White Sands National Park. Alligator juniper, gray oak, mountain mahogany and sotol are a few of the abundant plant species here. Seasonal springs and streams occur in the canyon bottoms, with a few perennial springs that support riparian habitats. Entrance Gate Hours (change with Daylight Savings Time) Winter Hours (Nov - March): 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Summer Hours (March - Nov): 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. The campground has a total of 55 sites that are available at a first come, first served basis, and two group sites that can be reserved by calling 575-525-4300. Water is only available at the entrance of the recreation site by the Camp Host Site. RVs can camp in the campground but should be aware that the road up to the campground becomes narrow and winding. Due to safety precautions for vehicles, the recommended max length for RVs is 23 feet. All sites have a shade shelter, picnic table, grill and tent pad.

Fee Info

Day use is $5 per vehicle and $15 per bus.Camping fees are $7 per campsite.Group sites are $50. Group site reservations are required.

Aguirre Spring Campground includes 55 individual campsites that are at a first come, first served basis. There are two group sites that can be reserved for $50 each. Please call for reservations. The campground includes pit toilets, picnic tables, fire rings, as well as the Baylor Canyon and Pine Tree Trailheads. Water is only available at the entrance to the campground by the Camp Host Site area.

Reservation Info

First come First serve except group campsites: 575-525-4300

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Location

Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground is located in New Mexico

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Directions

The Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground is located on the east side of Organ Mountains, east of Las Cruces in Dona Ana County. Take U.S. 70 for 14 miles east of the I-25/U.S. 70 interchange in Las Cruces, then turn south on the Aguirre Spring Road (1.1 miles after San Augustine Pass) for six miles. At mile 4 the road becomes a one-way loop and climbs steeply.

Coordinates

32.36666667 N
106.5567608 W

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46 Reviews

Erin S.
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2024

Beautiful camping in the Organs

Great campsite right outside of las cruces. Very pretty drive in but easy to fly by if you’re going too fast on the main highway. Good spot to stay if you want to hike any of the trails in the Organ mountains

Month of VisitMarch
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Erin S., April 6, 2024
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Erin S., April 6, 2024
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Erin S., April 6, 2024
Greg T.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2023

Small sites but great views

This campground is good for tent and very small rv camping. The views of the Organ mountains were amazing with plenty of hiking trails.

Month of VisitMarch
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Greg T., July 8, 2023
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Greg T., July 8, 2023
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Greg T., July 8, 2023
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FThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2023

Gorgeous

Very windy road back to campground. Putable water at beginning of road. Get it if you need it before you go up. Pit toilets, just okay. Sites are awesome! Spread out. Nice fire pits and covered picnic tables. Tucked right under mountain. Great views!

Site26
Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Fern B., April 17, 2023
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Fern B., April 17, 2023
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M
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2022

Beautiful Mountain Site

Beautiful camp grounds! There was plenty of space so we still got to have a fairly secluded experience. Some sites can be difficult to find a flat area for a tent.

They seem to be operating summer hours now, so the gates actually close at 8pm!

Watch out for ant mounds, flies, and gnats when setting up though.

Site21
Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Mark G., June 23, 2022
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Mark G., June 23, 2022
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Mark G., June 23, 2022
Jacob  W.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2022

Outdoor ambivalence but still outdoors

We tent camped at Aguirre Spring campground over Father’s Day weekend in June 2022. I don’t know. Maybe it was too hot or I was too tired, or a combination of both with a causal connection. I love the outdoors but I can’t really think of anything good or bad to write about this campground.

It seemed like a nice place and the vault toilet bathroom was clean and extremely stocked with TP. There is a great trail called pine tree loop from which you can actually see real pine trees on the mountainside above the barren desert basin. We fell victim to the one-way road that other campers bemoaned too. The camp host’s phone is 575-644-9143 (as announced on the BLM’s voicemail greeting) and he was helpful when I called ahead and told me the campground was open (as of 6/22/2022, the Dyrt has an alert that the campground is closed for the season), that there was plenty of space, and that there was a fire ban.

We pitched our tent without the rain fly. Right when we layed down for the night, it started raining, so we scrambled to overlay the rain fly and then the rain stops. In the middle of a desert drought, if such a thing is a thing. The tent pad barely accommodated our 6-person tent and it seemed like all the sites suffered the same fate. We scouted the whole campground, mainly searching for shade and settled on a decent site with a giant boulder on the western side for some evening shade. The campground was maybe 1/3 full. Overall it was good to get outdoors for father’s day despite the fatigue.

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Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Jacob  W., June 23, 2022
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Jacob  W., June 23, 2022
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Jacob  W., June 23, 2022
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Nicoli D.
Reviewed May. 29, 2022

Great spot to camp! Not the best for RVs or Trailers.

It really is beautiful here. Southeast New Mexico has mountains believe it or not. The camp is nestled up against one. It’s Memorial Day weekend and not too crowded. Highly recommend for the price (basically free). If you are tent camping and low maintenance this place rocks. If you have a huge rig I’m not even sure I would want to make the drive up the road to the camp site. Spots are small, so you would need to find the best spot if you have an RV or Trailer.

Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Nicoli D., May 29, 2022
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Nicoli D., May 29, 2022
JThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2022

Beautiful view, quiet campground

We stayed here for 3 nights in early April.  The campground was less than 50% full so very quiet and peaceful.  The hiking was great and it was an easy drive for a day trip to White Sands which was delightful.   The bathrooms were clean and the sites simple with no hookups but a shaded picnic table at each.  It was windy for one day but otherwise it was a lovely spot.

Month of VisitMay
B B.
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2022

Pure Silence & Absolutely Beautiful

Beyond amazing campsite tucked up against an incredible expanse of towering mountains. Great hikes nearby. Clean out toilets. Sites are very well spaced—I felt like I was the only one around!

Site40
Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by B B., April 9, 2022
Taylor S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2022

Aguirre Springs

Great camping area with a variety of camp sites. All site are closely located to vault toilets that are kept clean. Each site has, pavilion, fire pit, charcoal grill, and bear proof trash cans. It does get busy, for best selection of spots arrive late morning to early afternoon.

Site36
Month of VisitApril
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Taylor S., March 17, 2022
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Taylor S., March 17, 2022
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Taylor S., March 17, 2022
Myra T.
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2021

4 Miles and $7 for the Win!

This BLM is tucked in the midst of God’s creation and is well worth the drive in alone, let alone the peaceful stay.

The host is very welcoming and nice, she is about 4 miles before the campgrounds and has water for fill ups! I have a small 3.5 water kit so I was able to carry my kit to the hookup, however, for larger rigs prepare to have a 50ft (or longer) hookup.

The 4 miles of witnessing a backdrop of heaven makes you want to go the speed limit or under, nice twisties and curves up to the pay station (cash or check only).

I stayed at site 35, and although I did not completely setup my over-landing gear, I enjoyed my stay. This particular site has a slight incline but does have a small area that is leveled.

It was very quiet and peaceful here, has vault toilets, trash cans and picnic tables with shedding.

I will definitely be back! And, you cannot beat the $7 nightly stay (especially for the amenities on BLM ; hell, I’d pay for the views)

Site35
Month of VisitJanuary
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Myra T., December 9, 2021
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Myra T., December 9, 2021
Abby M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2021

Fabulous spot!

It’s tucked away off the main road so it’s very quiet at night (assuming neighbors aren’t an issue). It’s felt far enough apart so you had privacy. Several vault toilets and trash cans around the campground. There’s 2 loops, 55 sites total. Each site has a grill and a covered picnic table. There’s 2 hiking trails in the area and beautiful sunsets. There’s no water at the campground but water at the front gate by the host (3 mi from campground). The winter hours are 8am-6pm so if you don’t arrive at the gate by 6, you’re locked out. $7/night and definitely recommend!

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Month of VisitJanuary
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Reviewed Oct. 15, 2021

Stay away if you have mold allergy/sensitivity

Beautiful, picturesque campground with great hiking trails and wonderful, reasonably priced campsites except... after feeling sick and noticing what I (and the rangers thought) was campfire soot on the composite wood tables, I determined it was toxic black mold. It stuck to the back of my tablecloth; I had to toss that. I also left a week earlier than planned because I reacted so bad - got subsequent ear infection from my allergy. Of course I advised the rangers of the issue (April 2021) and I heard through the grapevine, that they attempted to treat the table tops with bleach but I was long gone. All the picnic tables are covered with a metal canopy for shade so can't dry out when wet. They might consider replacing those tables with metal ones. Narrow, winding road going in and out so only recommend very small RVs/TTs or tents. If in a tent during Spring/Fall, bring sturdy stakes and guy lines - it gets VERY windy up there! Sadly, I can't go back.

Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by OutdoorLady , October 15, 2021
L
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2021

Gorgeous 360 degree views

Beautiful spot. More amenities than I expected. Prettier than most national park campgrounds. The road in is fully paved but it is winding… a sign out front warns that trailers >23’ are not recommended. We had no trouble with our 19’ trailer. The site has fire ring, grill, trash can, covered picnic table, stone paving. Really nice. There are pull through and back in sites. We came mid August… there were only two other camping sites occupied. We enjoyed the sunset then rain set in for the entire night. It really is a gorgeous site. Way more amenities than you’d expect for boondocking.

Site18
Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Lindsay , August 13, 2021
K
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2021

Beautiful and Easy!

Middle of nowhere, gorgeous little hideaway campground. Many sites with a sunset view, covered picnic tables, fire pits, and fantastic 360 views. Lots of sites too, had no issue finding a spot on a busy summer weekend. A little strange that they close the gates at 8pm..but other than that it was perfect for us! Highly recommended!

Site17
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Kurtis M., July 9, 2021
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Kurtis M., July 9, 2021
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Kurtis M., July 9, 2021
m
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2021

Unbeatable views

We happened to arrive on one of the rare rainiest days of the year. Almost every site was open except for 2-3 other campers. The road was well paved and clear, and there’s really not a poor spot on the loop. The rain stopped for about 3 hours in the evening giving us amazing sunset views. We were able to move the picnic table that’s under each awning to side so that we could set up our two person tent with more protection from the rain. Unbeatable views with very close access to bathrooms. Please note-no showers or sinks!

Site22
Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by mads , June 28, 2021
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by mads , June 28, 2021
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by mads , June 28, 2021
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Wendy I.
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2021

Best kept secret!

Arrived and only a handful of sites were taken. I took my time picking out a site that was private. All of the sites are different, so it’s helpful to get out of the car to check out what will work for you. The camp hosts called right back and answered my questions. Gorgeous views, especially sunrise! Only negative is that the pit toilets were infested with flies.

Site7
Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Wendy I., June 25, 2021
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Wendy I., June 25, 2021
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Wendy I., June 25, 2021
Mary J.
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2021

Amazing Views!

Everything about the site was nice from the multiple tent set up spots to the shelter which came in handy since it was rainy when we went! The views are unbeatable! Would stay again in a heartbeat but make sure you get there early to get a spot!

Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Mary J., June 24, 2021
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Mary J., June 24, 2021
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Mary J., June 24, 2021
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Emily T.
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2021

lot of trash left at our site but still worth it

there's a nice hike near the campground, and a gorgeous view of the valley below. bathrooms available as well.

Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Emily T., June 22, 2021
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Emily T., June 22, 2021
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Emily T., June 22, 2021
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M
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2021

Wonderful View! Good Facilities

Perfect place for a day after White Sands National Park. Only $7 a night and there are bathrooms, garbage bins and picnic benches with shade. Could not be better. It is a ways from the main road so RV access is difficult if nearly impossible due to the winding of the roads. Definitely would recommend. Only down side is that there are really strong gusts of winds. Also, you can have a fire

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Month of VisitJuly
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Reviewed Jun. 16, 2021

Amazing views and cheap

Very gorgeous sunrise, it has toilets and no showers, but very much worth it. Bring water.

Month of VisitJune
Jordyn M.
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2021

Stunning Views

We arrived just before the gates closed for the night and set our tent up at dusk. After a comfortable night sleep we woke up to spectacular views from our tent. Nestled at the base of the Organ Mountains, this campground was well worth the $7 to camp.

Pit toilets located throughout the campground allowed for never needing to trek too far to use them.

Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Jordyn M., June 10, 2021
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Jordyn M., June 10, 2021
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Jordyn M., June 10, 2021
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S
Reviewed May. 19, 2021

Peaceful

This is a great little campground that isn’t usually too busy but it’s spaced out enough that even when it is it’s still quiet. As stated in other reviews the views from this campground are spectacular! It’s a bit cooler than the surrounding areas during the summer too, which is a plus.

C
Reviewed May. 15, 2021

Views. Nothing but views.

I'm not sure you can pick a bad spot here, but there are a few standout sites. I had 49, which had multiple places to put a tent, and some amazing views (see the sunrise pic from right outside my tent). Every site has a covered picnic table. And there's a fair bit of shade from trees as well. 

The hiking! Go any direction and make a path. You'll eventually come across an existing one, and just follow it. There's actual paths with names, but I never bothered to learn them. My dog and I picked a direction and went for it. Valley below, mountains behind you, and a ton of exploration options in between. Deer and quail criss-crossed our paths many times.

The pit toilets are ok, but bring bug spray, because flies love the bathrooms. 

I'd love to see this place in other seasons as well. Midweek in May, we had our pick of spots. No immediate neighbors, but the sites are big enough to not feel cramped even if there were more folks.

Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Chip , May 15, 2021
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Chip , May 15, 2021
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Chip , May 15, 2021
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Missy R.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 9, 2021

Quiet spot with amazing views

Nestled a few miles off the main road, this campground has incredible views. The sites are spacious. The sites are on a steep hill and some sites have a few steps up or down from your car. The facility is incredibly clean.

You are very close to White Sands NP.

Las Cruses is a few miles away. It’s convenient for supplies you may need.

Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Missy R., May 9, 2021
Tamera The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 5, 2021

Lovely Campground

Beautiful campground near Las Cruces NM and White Sands National Park. Love that the camp site all have covered structures over the picnic tables. Definitely keeps the sun off. We stayed in site 25. Plenty of room. No large RVs because they can't get up the road. Lots of folks camping in vans. Could have done without the DJs blasting heavy metal music in the evening and again in the morning.

Site25
Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Tamera , May 5, 2021
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Reviewed Apr. 10, 2021

Great little spot

First come first serve with clean pit toilets and trash bins. It has beautiful views and great hikes. I will be coming back!

  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Tierra , April 10, 2021
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Tierra , April 10, 2021
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Tierra , April 10, 2021
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Alistar B.
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2021

UNIQUE

I've been on a nationwide roadtrip for a few months that now and I have tent camped alone in many sites from Florida to Arkansas to, now, New Mexico. I chose Aguirra because of its close proximity to White Sands National Park. It is a First Come First Serve site and you must pay in cash. I was lucky to find a site in the afternoon. There are many sites. Over 40. I lucked out with 43 because it is huge! It's a jilly Rocky site with no one around me and several stone fire pits, a BBQ grill, and animal proof garbage can. There are Porta John's in close proximity. I have not found any water yet. Not sure. No RV hookups. But what do you expect for 7 bucks a night. I was here over Easter weekend so it got noisy with Fiesta music and someone throwing up across from my site at midnight! Whole families come here, jam their music etc. It's Easter so whatever. There is a covered picnic table and lots of tree cover to deal with the intense NM sun. I love how this place is at the end of an ascending, remote, windy road though. It's large enough that no rangers come and bug you for trivialities.

  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Alistar B., April 4, 2021
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Alistar B., April 4, 2021
Tracee M.
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2021

Beautiful

First come first serve. Not for a big Rv, we came w our 29ft and made it. We got two spots which was so awesome! (Paid for both of course). It’s confusing w a lack of signage. The loop down the hill ja the best. Spot 29/30 are awesome w incredible views.

  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Tracee M., March 26, 2021
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Tracee M., March 26, 2021
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Tracee M., March 26, 2021
Dani K.
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2021

Gorgeous views

Stayed 2 nights.

The campsite was beautiful. Wonderful views of the mountains and of the valley below.

Campsites weren’t super level, which I didn’t mind too much. Saw other vehicle campers had blocks to level out their rigs.

Signs were kind of confusing. Two separate areas stated they were the campgrounds but campsites were littered throughout. The loop to get back to the beginning was about 30 min if you wanted to drive to drop off your fees. I ended up walking and realized it was 1) much steeper than I thought 2) much farther than I thought and 3) I was much more out of shape than I thought.

Campsites have picnic tables, Ramadas, fire rings and there were many vault toilets throughout.

Lisa S.
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2021

Spectacular Mountain Setting

It’s important to understand that upon arrival at the camp fee kiosk the natural traffic flow bears right where there’s a loop with about 20 campsites, but the bigger and more private sites are found by driving straight as if going back down the mountain.

Also, the first fee kiosk is for day visitors only. Pass it and stop a few hundred yards further up the road at the camper fee kiosk. Lack of signage creates the confusion.

There is a four mile hiking trail leading out of the campground, but no trail maps were available.

Aguirre is a clean, well maintained campground offering spectacular views and great hiking.

  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Lisa S., January 31, 2021
  • Review photo of Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground by Lisa S., January 31, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Aguirre Spring Recreation Area and Campground?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is good, AT&T is fair, and T-Mobile is poor.