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Week of celebrations will mark Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks’ 1st Anniversary

For Immediate Release
May 16, 2015

Community events begin with May 15 kick-off;
Sen. Heinrich cookout on May 16

(LAS CRUCES) – Local businesses, civic groups and community leaders have planned a week of events and celebrations to mark the first anniversary of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument (OMDP), which was established by President Obama on May 21, 2014.

The week of celebration begins May 15 with a kick-off event, 5:30 p.m. at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, sponsored by the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce and the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance.

In addition to the events, local businesses will be offering OMDP-related discounts and special offers throughout the week.

All events are open to the public. Visit here for a complete listing of all events.

In addition, local business owners have been featured in a series of short videos and profiles about what the monument means to them. These profiles and videos can be found here. Profiled businesses are also available for media interviews. Contact Carrie Hamblen at 575-496-5242 for details.

Organ Mountains Desert Peaks Anniversary Celebrations for May 15-17:

Friday, May 15th                                        5:30pm to 8pm                       

OMDP Kick-off Celebration at the Farm and Ranch Museum. Featuring a tribal blessing, the unveiling of the OMDP Achievement badge for the Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest, entertainment, and booths and information related to the monument.  The event will feature a “class picture” taken of all of the groups and individuals who worked to help establish the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.

Event co-sponsored by:  Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce and the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance

Location:  New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, Las Cruces, NM 88011

Cost:  Free


Saturday, May 16th                                   8am to noon                                     

OMDP daytime activities at Dripping Springs Natural Area.  Features a bird walk, meet the Hermit of La Cueva, a hike to the Eugene Van Patten Ruins, and an expert talk about the geology of the monument.  The event ends with a special 15th birthday celebration of National Conservation Lands which will include cake and hands-on activities for kids of all ages.

Sponsored by:  Bureau of Land Management

Location:  Dripping Springs Natural Area, Dripping Springs Road.

Cost:  No fees charged May 16th and 17th at Dripping Springs or Aguirre Springs


Saturday, May 16th                                   5pm to 9pm                                      

OMDP Big Game Cookout at the Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park featuring Sen. Heinrich.  Join Senator Martin Heinrich for elk tacos cooked on discos, local beer from High Desert Brewing, live music, and more.

Sponsored by:  New Mexico Wildlife Federation    

Location:  Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, 5000 Calle Del Norte, Mesilla, NM 88046

Cost:  $5.00 Day use fee may apply


Sunday, May 17th                                      9am to 10am                                              

OMDP Interfaith Service at Dripping Springs.  Religious leaders from the community will come together to host an interfaith service at the La Cueva amphitheater.

Sponsored by:  NM CAFé

Location:  Dripping Springs Natural Area, Dripping Springs Road.

Cost:  No fees charged May 16th and 17th at Dripping Springs or Aguirre Springs


For a full listing of all the week’s events, please visit:


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