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Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Organ Mountains – Early December Snow

Snow on the Organ mountains this morning.
December Snow - Organ Mountains - Dec 12, 2011
December Snow - Organ Mountains - Dec 12, 2011


Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Robledos and Dona Anas

Every visitor to Las Cruces is struck by the beauty of the Organ Mountains, east of town. But there are numerous other mountain ranges in the area, including the Robledos and the Dona Anas, both north of Las Cruces. The Robledos are on the east side of the Mesilla Valley, the Dona Anas west of the valley.

Neither range are as spectacular as the Organs, and it’s hard to capture their beauty.

Here are two photos of Robledo Mountain taken after a light snow, yesterday. Robledo Mountain is the highest peak in the range, 5890 feet. The mountain was named for Pedro Robledo, who was killed May 21, 1598 and was buried nearby. Pedro Robledo was a lieutenant in colonizing expedition to New Mexico. Pedro Robledo was survived by a wife and five children, and his descendents still live in New Mexico. (.)

If you look east from the Robledos, you can see the Dona Anas. The highest peak in the range is 5835 feet. (Photo taken December 29, 2009.)

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Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Rain Granted

The last post (Sunday) noted that rain was predicted. Monday we got it. It rained almost all day, an unusually long rain at an unusual seasonal time.

Tuesday morning the clouds completely obscured the Organ Mountains. There had been a very light snow during the night, so it was reasonable to expect snow on the Organs.

About 12:30 pm the cloud cover cleared and the Organs became visible (click for a larger image):

Organ Mountains - Las Cruces

The rock formation in the foreground in this photo is known as La Cueva, because of the cave at its base:

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Sunday, February 4th, 2007

No Snow!

The surprising story in the last few weeks has been the lack of snow in Las Cruces. There’s been extensive snowfall to the east, north, and west — even some snow south in El Paso — but virtually none here since . A couple of mornings you could see light snow on the Organs, but it didn’t last long.

Here’s what the Organs looked like yesterday:

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Sunday, January 7th, 2007


Las Cruces got snow this morning — but light on the west side and very light in the Organs.

The east side of Las Cruces got about an inch. Here what a pecan orchard looked like just outside of town:

This was taken in the foothills of the Organ Mountains, in Soledad Canyon. Even though this is 1200+ feet above Las Cruces, there’s little snow.

Another view:

Here’s a closeup of the windmill. This being the West, it’s got a few bullet holes.

This shows how light the snow was:
Organ Mountains
By afternoon, the sun was out and snow was going fast.

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