Nothing exemplifies "The City of The Crosses" more than the Organ Mountains. Las Cruces residents can see home from miles away.
The Organ Mountains are at the southern end of the central mountain chain on the east side of the Rio Grande's rift valley. The range is nearly contiguous with the San Andres Mountains to the north and the Franklin Mountains to the south, but is very different geologically. Whereas the San Andres and Franklin Mountains are both formed from west-dipping fault blocks of mostly sedimentary rocks. The Organs are made primarily of igneous rock. The mountains take their name from the granite "needles" in the highest part of the range.