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 By Quincy Koetz
Manzano Mountain

Manzano Peak Winter Hike, New Mexico

On my second day of my New Mexico trip I climbed Manzano Peak. This range looms over the Rio Grande valley much like the nearby Sandias but is rarely visited. Manzano Peak rises to 10,098′ and has 3,238′ of topographic prominence. It is the 14th most topographically prominent mountain in New Mexico. So it’s a...

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Organ Needle Hike/Climb, Las Crucas, New Mexico

Southern New Mexico’s Las Cruces is quickly becoming one of my favorite outdoorsy towns. It has none of the notoriety (or crowds) that other “adventure towns” have in the Southwest. Yet, its surrounded by mountain ranges and very close to several national park units. Of the many mountains nearby, Organ Needle is the highest and...

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