From surrounding flat country, spectacular granite and limestone ridges and rock formations rise up to encircle a secluded bowl of land called the Granite Gap near the Arizona border. The area is an excellent example of Chihuahuan desert vegetation. Look for flowering ocotillo, cactus, agave and wildflowers in season. The Granite Gap area is Desert scrub habitat and is best for bird-watching from mid-fall to mid-spring.
From Lordsburg, go west on I-10 to Exit 5 (Road Forks). Drive south on NM 80 for about 11 miles. Turn right onto an unmarked dirt track. At the entrance to the site is a wire gate. Take the left fork, go 0.5 mile along a sandy road, and park near the first large rock cluster. Do not drive past the cut in the rocks. The road is impassable when wet.
Las Cruces District Office 1800 Marquess Street Las Cruces, NM 88005-3370
Hiking Wildlife Viewing
BLM - Bureau of Land Management