The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks region is at the crossroads of history, and it has recently secured the national recognition it deserves.  On Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 President Obama proclaimed the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.

The national monument forever protects local treasures like the Organ Mountains and Sierra de las Uvas, historic sites including the Butterfield Stage Coach Trail and World War II bombing targets, and thousands of Native American archaeological sites.

The monument also includes important wildlife habitat and provides outstanding hunting for bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, desert mule deer, javelina and quail. This area is loved for its natural wonders, such as the scenic Organ Mountains and the southwestern Chihuahuan Desert. Protecting this area as part of the National Conservation Lands ensures that these public lands remain open to hunting, hiking and other outdoor recreation activities for generations to come.

The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument will attract visitors, tourists, new residents and businesses to the area far into the future. A recent independent economic study showed that the national monument designation will have a positive impact on our economy – contributing more than $7.4 million in economic activity each year and doubling the number of jobs supported by outdoor recreation and tourism industry in the region.

After more than a decade of public discussion, the local community understood how important it is to protect areas like this. Polls showed that an overwhelming majority of Doña Ana County residents supported an Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument to protect important historic sites, wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation.  We thank President Obama and Secretary Jewell for making this one of our country’s newest national monuments.

For more information check out the Friends of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks.