Organ Needle is the highest point of the Organ Mountains in the south-central part of the U.S. state of New Mexico. It lies in Doña Ana County, 13 miles (20,921 m) east-northeast of Las Cruces and 4 miles (6 km) southwest of White Sands, headquarters of the White Sands Missile Range. It is at the southeast end of a narrow ridge of vertically jointed granite (more specifically, quartz monzonite) called The Needles.
View of Organ Needle from the west
|Elevation||8982+ ft (2738+ m) NAVD 88|
|Prominence||3,700 ft (1,100 m)|
|Location||Doña Ana County, New Mexico, U.S.|
|Parent range||Organ Mountains|
|Topo map||USGS Organ Peak|
|Easiest route||Off-trail hike/scramble, class 3+ or 4|
Organ Needle is one of the most dramatic peaks in the state. True to its name, it is a steep, pointed summit. Moreover, it rises 4,000 feet (1,220 m) above the edge of the Tularosa Basin to the northeast in only 2 miles (3.2 km), and 5,100 feet (1,554 m) above Las Cruces, giving it as large and as steep a degree of local relief as any peak in the state, including Big Hatchet Peak, Sandia Crest, and Shiprock.