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Warmer temperatures and longer days call for more outdoor adventures and especially in the mountains surrounding Las Cruces, a city that sees more than 320 days of sunshine each year.
Hikers, bikers, campers and four-wheel enthusiasts should take the necessary precautions to avoid mishap – or worse – while exploring the great outdoors. What seems like the start to a beautiful adventure can turn downright dreadful with temperature swings of more than 40 degrees, an unforeseen change in weather or some unexpected change of plans.
On May 16, 2021, 24 hikers had to be rescued after the group became separated, disoriented and stranded during a trek in the Organ Mountains. Some of the hikers suffered relatively minor injuries – mostly scrapes and bruises – and some complained of dehydration. One hiker was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The City of Las Cruces suggests all outdoor adventurers follow these and other safety tips: