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the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in southern New Mexico
September 6, 2014

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

Soaptree yuccas soak up morning light in southern New Mexico’s Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. President Barack Obama created this newest national monument in May. “I am not finished,” he said. “I’m searching for more opportunities.”

See more pictures from the September 2014 feature story “50 Years of Wilderness.”

Photograph by Michael Melford, National Geographic
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