White Mountain Wilderness Area Trails Professional Review and Guide
"The Mountains of the Southwest have been described as “sky islands,” and nowhere is this more true than the mountain ridge known as the White Mountains, a subrange of the larger Sacramento Mountains. From the parched Chihuahuan Desert of the Tularosa Basin just to the west, the mountains rise precipitously 8,000 feet to the alpine life zone atop the 12,003-foot summit of Sierra Blanca, the southernmost occurrence of this life zone in the U.S. No place in New Mexico has greater vertical relief.
To the east stretch the arid high plains. The range and the wilderness take their name from Sierra Blanca, “white mountain,” the dominant peak whose retention of snow long after other peaks are bare has made it a landmark throughout southern New Mexico. A mild climate, a welcoming environment, a good system of maintained trails, and easy access make for outstanding hiking in the White Mountain Wilderness."