Back by Noon Outings

Since 1995, thousands of people have enjoyed the Southwest Environmental Center's popular Back by Noon Saturday morning natural history outings.

Led by knowledgeable guides, these outings are designed to showcase some of the unique natural features of the Las Cruces/El Paso area. Informative, family-friendly, and not too strenuous, most of the trips will have you back to your car before noon.

All trips are open to the public, although half of the spaces are typically reserved for SWEC members (another great reason to join!). Be sure to bring sturdy shoes, water, sunscreen and a hat. Advanced reservations are required. Sign up early—space is limited on many trips. For more information and to sign up please contact or call (575)522.5552.

Note: there are no Back by Noon outings scheduled for Fall 2018. Stay tuned for the Spring 2019 schedule.

Our Back by Noon outings proved so popular that we decided to publish them in a book. Day Hikes and Nature Walks in the Las Cruces-El Paso Area, written by Greg Magee, contains some of our most popular Back by Noon outings and many more--45 hikes in all.

Hikers explore a slot canyon on a Back by Noon outing in Spring of 2014
Photo Credit: Dennis McElveen