Friends of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks


Friends of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks seeks to enrich our community and diverse cultures through advocacy, conservation and restoration of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument as a premier example of America’s National Conservation Lands.


Friends of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks is committed to the protection and restoration of the ecological, natural, cultural and historic resources of the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument and National Conservation Lands. Our work will ensure the protection of the resources and responsible access regardless of wealth, privilege or social standing.

Executive Director, Ben Gabriel

Ben graduated from Ohio University in 2004 with a degree in Adventure Recreation. He moved to New Mexico upon receiving a job as Assistant Director, managing the new Outdoor Recreation Program at New Mexico State University. During that time he oversaw the development of the university climbing wall, trips, clinics and the outdoor center, providing rental, retail and bike services to the NMSU community. Ben also received a Masters in Higher Education Administration from NMSU in 2010. In December 2014, Ben accepted the position of Executive Director of the Friends of Organ Mountains Desert Peaks. Personally, he is married to Christa and has a daughter, Neko.

Board of Directors

  • President: Fernando Clemente
  • Vice President: Robert McNamara
  • Secretary: Gabriel Vasquez
  • Treasurer: Carol Reynolds
  • April Anaya
  • Angel Peña
  • Nathan Small
  • Bob Tafanelli

Special Thanks

Friends of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks is thankful for the continuing support of our partner organizations.

  • Bureau of Land Management
  • REI
  • Friends Grassroots Network
  • Southern New Mexico Trail Alliance
  • Positive Energy Solar
  • Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce
  • New Mexico Wildlife Federation
  • Hispanic Access Foundation
  • Frontera Land Alliance