On the way to Las Cruces, New Mexico, stop and explore the stunning Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.  

The monument actually offers four separate destinations: the iconic Organ Mountains, named for the steep needle-like spires that resemble the pipes of an organ, as well as the Sierra de las Uvas, Potrillos and Doña Ana Mountains.

In the Organ Mountains, you can hike or bike on miles of trails, camp at the Aguirre Spring Campground, or explore historic ruins. The BLM staffs a visitors’ center there to answer questions and provide directions. In contrast, recreation within the Desert Peaks is more dispersed. While you’ll find extensive trails and rock climbing routes in the Doña Ana Mountains, there is little to no development in the Sierra de las Uvas and the Potrillos, where you can explore for hours without seeing another soul. A #mypubliclandsroadtrip with something for everyone.


Abandoned Bowling Alley Turns Into An Immersive Public Art Experience 

What a time to be alive. The former Silva Lanes Bowling Alley in Santa Fe is now the “House of Eternal Return” - a trippy Victorian house built to scale inside the bowling alley by pioneering art collective, Meow Wolf.

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There aren’t a ton of plants in the Bisti Badlands, and the starkness is part of what makes the area so otherworldly.  But when we visited the first week of April, I saw these small, sparkly plants that I’ve never seen before. 

There were hundreds of them growing in cracks in the mud, and at first glance they seemed almost metallic.  But when I took a closer look at the leaves, the texture was more like tiny jewels. 

Sweeney Elementary School children at air show running toward Huey helicopter from New Mexico National Guard, 717th Medical Detachment, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Photographer: Sydney Brink
Date: 1988
From the Santa Fe New Mexican collection, Negative Number HP.2014.14.308
New Mexico scientist builds carbon dating machine that does not damage artifacts
Marvin Rowe’s machine can accurately date even tiny artifacts without damaging them
By T. S. Last | Journal Staff Writer

“The process is important because, unlike other methods of radiocarbon dating that destroy the sample being tested, LEPRS preserves it. It also works on tiny samples – even a flake of ink or paint – and is considered a more accurate means of dating.”