Las Cruces, New Mexico offers a wonderful variety of attractions that
tourists and visitors to New Mexico can enjoy. Many of these local
attractions are within a mile or two of the Ramada Palms Hotel. For your
convenience we have collected information and links to fun things to do and
see in Las Cruces and surrounding areas. We have included some local
attractions in El Paso Texas and in Southern New Mexico.
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History of Las Cruces and the
Las Cruces was founded in 1849 near a stand of crosses marking the graves of
travelers and soldiers (thus the name Las Cruces). U.S. Army surveyors
divided Las Cruces into blocks measured with a rawhide rope. After the
survey, the families drew lots to determine which property they would own.
Las Cruces started as a farming town.
Nearby Mesilla was founded in 1851, but because it served as a stop on the
Butterfield Overland Mail Company stage route, it quickly grew to twice the
size of Las Cruces.
the late 1860s, the cattle business dominated the area. The San Augustin
Ranch was established in the Organ Mountains, which was expanded to 150,000
acres. The federal government in 1945 used eminent domain to take over the
Ranch as part of the White Sands Missile Range.
In the late 1800's, the lawless wild west New Mexico frontier set the stage
for New Mexico's most notorious outlaw, Billy the Kid. Billy the Kid was
finally captured and jailed in La Mesilla. A La Mesilla jury sentenced him
to hang in Lincoln County, but he escaped from Lincoln County jail and was
ultimately shot by Sheriff Pat Garrett.
Cruces became the dominant town in the county in the 1880's when the
railroad came to town. The first paved street in town, Depot Street (now Las
Cruces Avenue), led from the railroad tracks to town.
In 1889, the New Mexico legislature created a land grant college - the New
Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. In June 1894, five diplomas
were awarded to the college's first graduating class. In 1960, the college's
name was changed to New Mexico State University.
After sixty-two years as a territory, New Mexico became the 47th state on
January 6, 1912.
the turn of the century, floods and drought threatened the economic
stability of agriculture in the Mesilla Valley. In 1916, the Elephant Butte
Dam, at that time the largest of its kind in the world, was completed,
giving farmers a stable water supply for their crops. Today, agriculture
still an important part of the county's economy.
During World War II, 1800 men of the New Mexico National Guard were sent to
the Philippines in 1941. The islands fell to the Japanese in April 1942.
Taken prisoner, the American troops were forced to march more than sixty
miles through intense heat with almost no water or food. Known as the Bataan
Death March, less than half of the prisoners survived. Of the thirty-one
soldiers from the Las Cruces area on the March, only fourteen survived. In
2001, the Bataan Death March Memorial Monument was dedicated and sculpted by
Las Cruces artist Kelly Hester. It is the only federally funded monument
dedicated to the victims of the Bataan Death March during WWII.
In 1945, the White Sands Missile Range was established as a missile testing
range. German Scientist, Wernher Von Braun, led the US army's Army's
Ballistic Missile Program. The 3,200 square mile White Sands Missile Range
is one of the largest military installations in the country.
Cruces has grown from 12,000 in 1950 to 92,000 in 2009. Las Cruces has
received nationwide recognition as being "Ranked the Best" small metro area
to do business (Forbes/Milken Institute), and the top area in the U.S. to
retire (Money Magazine).
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Museums and Art Galleries
Branigan Cultural Center's historic collection includes costumes and
accessories, furniture, portraits, textiles, toys and dolls, correspondence,
and photographs dating back to the founding of Las Cruces. The center also
hosts traveling exhibitions and the work of local and regional artists. It
is located at 500 N. Water St. (in the Downtown Mall). 575-541-2154.
Museum of Art began hosting exhibitions in 2000. Featuring contemporary
art in over 4000 sq. ft. of gallery space, displays change several times a
year and include national, international, juried, traveling, and
invitational exhibits. With works by artists of international and national
significance, the Museum of Art places an emphasis on collecting works from
those artists who work or practice in the greater southwest and border
regions. The collection includes but is not limited to paintings,
sculptures, photographs, ceramics, and mixed-media works. 490 N. Water St.
(in the Downtown Mall) 575-541-2137
The University Art Gallery serves as a showcase for the visual arts in the border region.
The largest visual arts facility in South Central New Mexico, the gallery presents six to nine exhibitions annually. It features contemporary and historical art of regional, national and international importance.
Las Cruces Railroad Museum is located in the historic Santa Fe Depot. By
photographs, artifacts, and text panels throughout the museum, the museum
shows the impact of the railroad on the Mesilla Valley and Las Cruces. There
are three model layouts including one everyone is invited to run. 351 N
Mesilla St. 575-647-4480
Las Cruces Museum of Natural History is located in the Downtown Mall and is dedicated to broadening people’s understanding of natural
history, science, and the environment of New Mexico and the Chihuahuan
Desert. The Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center houses a number of live animals
from our area.
New Mexico State University Museum has provided fifty years of service to the university and the community. The Museum serves the community as a repository and exhibitor of local and regional culture and history.
Bataan Death March Memorial Monument is the only federally funded
monument dedicated to the victims of the Bataan Death March during WWII. The
monument was dedicated in April 2001 and was designed and sculpted by Las
Cruces artist Kelly Hester. Memorial is located in Veterans Park along
New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum is 47 acres packed with real
stories about real people. The interactive museum, which has welcomed
visitors from all over the world, brings to life the 3,000-year history of
farming and ranching in New Mexico. Fun and learning go hand in hand as
visitors can watch a cow being milked, stroll along corrals filled with
livestock, enjoy several gardens or watch one of the growing number of
demonstrations. 4100 Dripping Springs Road 575-522-4100
Space Murals, Inc. is a water tower mural, gallery and museum honoring
the space program. Displays include Over 2,500 Air & Space Pictures, Replica
of the Space Station Freedom, Air & Space Artifacts, Model Airplanes, 1/8
Scale Replica Space Shutle Challenger Memorial, and a Nike Hercules Missile.
12450 Highway 70 East, Organ, New Mexico 575-382 - 0977
Historical Lawmen Museum displays include Pat Garrett’s desk and
artifacts, photographs of most former Doña Ana County sheriffs, law
enforcement badges and patches, a memorial to fallen officers, a gun
collection, and various law enforcement and historical memorabilia. An
outdoor area adjacent to the museum features some vintage law-enforcement
transportation artifacts. 845 N. Motel Blvd (575) 525-8847
the White Sands
Missile Range Museum you can trace the origin of America's missile and
space activity, find out how the atomic age began and learn about the
accomplishments of scientists like Dr. Wernher von Braun and Dr. Clyde
Tombaugh at White Sands. Displays also include the prehistoric cultures and
the rip-roaring Old West found in southern New Mexico. Outside the museum is
a missile park displaying a variety of missiles and rockets tested at White
Sands. Although the Museum is located on an Army installation, it is open to
the public. It is 22 miles east of Las Cruces off of Highway 70. To visit
you can expect to be required to show your driver’s license, vehicle
registration and proof of insurance for the vehicle. 575-678-8824
New Mexico Museum of Space History, located in Alamogordo, New Mexico,
has exhibits ranging from Robert Goddard's early rocket experiments near
Roswell to a mock-up of the International Space Station. New Mexico's only
IMAX® theater -- the world's largest format projection system -- will take
you out of this world with a wraparound screen and surround sound. The Clyde
W. Tombaugh IMAX® Dome Theater also features a planetarium with a Spitz 512
star projector. Hwy 2001 off of Scenic Dr. in Alamogordo 1-877-333-6589
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New Mexico State Aggies Men's Basketball team is the men's
basketball team that represents New Mexico State University in Las
Cruces, New Mexico. The school's team currently competes in the Western
Athletic Conference. Aggie Basketball has seen 17 NCAA Tournament
appearances, 5 NIT Tournament appearances and 14 conference
championships. The Aggies are currently coached by Marvin Menzies.
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Las Cruces Country Club is located at the juncture of North Main St and
U.S. 70. The 18 hole course is a traditional format with challenging green,
bunkers and fairways lined with trees. Driving Range is available along with
chipping areas and putting greens. (575) 526-9723
New Mexico State University Golf Course was designed by Floyd Farley and
opened in December 1963. Regarded as one of the most outstanding facilities
in the Southwest, the NMSU Golf Course has played host to 3 NCAA National
Championships along with numerous conference and USGA qualifying
championships. Highlighted by beautiful scenery, the 18-hole NMSU Golf
Course is framed by the majestic Organ Mountains to the east and the
picturesque Mesilla Valley to the west. Measuring over 7000 yards from the
"Aggie Tees," the golf course provides a challenge to golfers of all skill
levels with a wonderful array of holes ranging in difficulty from the very
challenging to those that provide good birdie opportunities. The course
offers a unique combination of both traditional and desert golf course
features with large greens and generous fairways for the average player.
nearly 7,000 yard, par 72
Golf Course at Picacho Hills is sure to impress you. Pro Turf Magazine
described our course ‘s lush blue grass fairways and bent grass greens as
follows: “Picture an emerald lying on a mound of sand…dark green, shining
jewel in striking contrast with it’s surroundings. That’s the first
impression of the Picacho Hills Country Club golf course.” Our weather and
superior course are two good reasons why we are often chosen to host many
prominent events: 2003 Sun Country Amateur, 2004, 5 & 6 US Open Qualifier,
2004 AJGA Nike All Star Classic, 2004 Sun Country Mid-Amateur, 2004 & 2007
Sun Country Challenge Cup and actively hosting the Pepsi Jr. Tour Event.
great golf in the Southern New Mexico desert, there is a top course to play
-- Sonoma Ranch.
Opened in 2000, this spanking new course offers challenging golf and
spectacular scenery amidst the mesquite and brush covered desert. It won a
Best New Course nomination from Golf Digest in 2000 and holds a 3-1/2 out of
4 star ranking in its Places to Play list. "Incredible views ... tough
greens ... every hole a challenge," Golf Digest says. Designed by Cal Olson,
an internationally-known architect with courses from Singapore to Canada,
the Sonoma Ranch Golf Course is a longish course with rolling hills, strewn
with bunkers and best know for its undulating bent grass greens. With five
tee boxes, it offers a stimulating challenge for all levels of golfer.
Nestled in the heart of the Mesilla Valley, adjacent to the Organ Mountains,
there are exceptional views from the tops of the hills. 575 521-1818
Painted Dunes Desert Golf Course, designed by architects Ken Dye and
Jeffrey Brauer, offers 27-holes of championship style golf. Since its
inception in 1991 and the addition of nine holes in 1999, Painted Dunes has
received accolades from Golf Digest, Texas Golfer, United States Golf
Association (USGA) and the Dallas Morning News as being one of the premier
facilities to play golf in Texas and the Southwest. Undulating greens and
rolling hills put a premium on shotmaking and putting. This championship
layout rewards those individuals who can manage their golf game around the
penalties that await the overly aggressive golfer. Carved out of the
Chihuahan Desert, the East, West and North courses at Painted Dunes sit at
the foothills of the Franklin Mountains offering scenic beauty of native
foliage and desert wildlife.
Butterfield Trail Golf Club, where the old history of the western
frontier meets the new exciting design and economic development plans for
the future of El Paso, Texas. Butterfield Trail Golf Club provides the
perfect addition to Sun Country Golf in West Texas, providing 18
championship holes designed by world-renowned architect Tom Fazio. This Par
72 premium daily fee public Texas golf course is highlighted by natural sand
dunes, and native flora and fauna. Butterfield Trail Golf Club features over
55 feet of elevation changes and avails itself to drama and relief with
vertical transitions, making each and every hole a "signature hole."
Offering Dominant Plus Bent grass greens, Butterfield Trail provides an
unmatched golfer experience and the perfect addition to Sun Country Golf.
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Fiestas and Local Fun
Pan American Center is a 13,000 seat multi-purpose arena located on the
grounds of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The Center
is the home court for the men and women's basketball teams and women's
volleyball team of New Mexico State University. Additionally, some of the
biggest names in the entertainment industry have graced the Pan American
Center's stage. These names include Elton John, Garth Brooks, Janet Jackson,
and George Strait. In the year 2000, the Pan American Center was named the
sixth busiest university event facility in the country by Amusement Business
American Southwest Theatre Company was founded in 1984 by Dr. Bruce
Streett and Tony Award-winning playwright Mark Medoff. They have brought
together guest artists, a resident company, NMSU, and community members to
bring professional theatre to Southern New Mexico. The company puts on
polished, professional performances between the months of September and May.
No Strings Theatre Company is a community-based non-profit organization
dedicated to expanding theatre horizons in Las Cruces by presenting
contemporary or little known works overlooked by other companies in the
city, providing an opportunity for local playwrights to develop new works,
and creating opportunities for Las Crucens to see less traditional theatre
forms such as puppet theatre, improvisation, and performance art.
Rio Grande Theater is a recently renovated, beautiful performing arts
center for various artistic performances. Among the many performers and
artists who have graced her stage are popular entertainer George Winston,
Moscow Ballet, and piano virtuoso Xiayin Wang. Film series, literary events,
Every Other Tuesday free performances, and special lectures are also a
regular occurrence at the Rio Grande Theatre.
Las Cruces Symphony at NMSU is a unique arrangement of artist-faculty,
community musicians, talented students, and world-class artists. Under the
baton of Music Director/Conductor Dr. Lonnie Klein, student musicians
perform alongside professionals in a large orchestra and experience being on
stage with renowned guest artists. The Symphony present world-class
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Village of Mesilla hosts the traditional Mexican fiestas of
Cinco de Mayo (May) and Diez y Seis de
Septiembre (September). You can enjoy folklorico dances, mariachi
music, and authentic Mexican food. These events are held on the plaza in La
a year (on Memorial and Labor Day) at the Southern NM State Fairgrounds, the
New Mexico Wine Growers Association hosts the
Southern New Mexico Wine Festivals. Guests can enjoy live music, a large
variety of wines to sample, arts and crafts, food, wine tasting seminars,
and of course a grape stomp.
June, the Southwest Environmental Center hosts the annual
Raft the Rio race and celebration. Families are encouraged to build
rafts from recycled materials and float down the Rio Grande from the Picacho
Bridge to the Mesilla Bridge. Awards are given for best use of recycled
materials, first to finish, and least likely to finish (among others). It is
a great day of fun at the river.
City of Las Cruces commemorates the 4th of July with its annual 4th of
July Electric Light Parade, Celebration, and Fireworks.
The event includes live music, a light parade, and a spectacular fireworks
summer cools down, the Village of Hatch heats up. Labor Day weekend heralds
Hatch Chile Festival, a two-day celebration of its world-famous crop.
The festival attracts over 30,000 visitors from all over the United States,
including such notables as the Food Network and the BBC. Festival goers can
sample famed chile recipes, watch the crowning of the chile festival queen,
or toss a horseshoe in celebration of Hatch's most famous crop. The event
also features chile ristra contests, artisan and food booths, and a
White Sands Hot Air Balloon Invitational takes place on a Saturday and
Sunday in September. The event begins at sunrise at the White Sands National
Monument and lasts until the balloons come down (usually 3 hours). There is
a Balloon Glow at our local High School, Alamogordo High School, which takes
place 30 minutes after sundown (usually 7:30 pm).
village of Mesilla hosts
Mariachi Sundays, two hour free Mariachi concerts each Sunday afternoon
from mid-September through October leading up to the
Mariachi Conference, Concerts & Festival in November. The Mariachi
conference culminates with a spectacular mariachi concert by known
performers at the NMSU Pan Am Center and parque festival on Mesilla Plaza in
Whole Enchilada Fiesta is a three-day celebration (held in September) of
southern New Mexico culture. The celebration centers around the making of
the world’s largest enchilada. Each year over 40,000 people attend from all
over the US. The fiesta is a family oriented event with craft booths, a
carnival, car and motorcycle show, New Mexico’s largest parade, and cultural
and headliner entertainment.
Mesilla Valley Maze is a fun outing centered around a maze cut in a corn
field. The maze is open during late September and October. It is great fun
as the kids (and kids at heart) can take a hayride out to the pumpkin patch
to look for the perfect Jack-O-Lantern and discover the many twists and
turns amazingly cut into a corn field.
Southern New Mexico State Fair and Rodeo is held each year in late
September and October at the Southern New Mexico Fair Grounds (just west of
Las Cruces). This week long fair has fun for everyone. It includes a
carnival, livestock show, rodeo, live music, entertaining activities,
contests, and much more.
the 1st week of October, the Village of Mesilla hosts the
Mesilla Jazz Happenings, which features free live jazz music and wine
tasting provided by New Mexico Wineries.
November, in Young Park the Dona Ana Arts Council hosts its annual
Renaissance Artsfaire. The fair features Magellan, the Faire’s specially
created dragon, that oversees the activities while floating lazily on Young
Park Lake. Attendees can enjoy watching horse games, battles, and
demonstrations, or be entertained by Native American music or the sweet
sounds of the hammered dulcimer. They can watch a a medieval juggling and
acrobatics team, with their Commedia dell’Arte style antics including
fire-breathing and sword swallowing. The Merry Court of Sherwood Oak offers
a look into royal life of the period with the Queen’s “Bawdy Balladeers,” a
medieval “fashion show,” and an opportunity to learn court dancing. All the
while, participants can browse through the many booths of local and regional
artists, crafts-people and entertainers.
Christmas eve, the Village of Mesilla sponsers a two hour celebration of
Luminarias and Music.
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New Mexico State University
Theaters, which has been doing business in Las Cruces for 25 years, is
Las Cruces main movie theater for new releases. Allen Theaters recently
opened Cineport 10, located at the Mesilla Valley Mall, with 10 screens with
stadium seating, digital sound and production. New releases are also shown
on Telshor 12, located at 2811 N. Telshor. Some stadium seating is available
at the Telshor 12. The Video 4, located on El Paseo, is Allen Theater's
discount movie theater.
Fountain Theatre is New Mexico's oldest movie house. Built in 1905 and
located on Calle de Guadalupe in Las Mesilla, the theatre showcases a unique
blend of movies, past and present, often with an emphasis on life in the
west and ‘movies that missed us’(films that are notable but never had a lot
of publicity). At least one film a month for this series has a ‘New Mexico
Connection’, drawing from the vast pool of movies made in the state or
perhaps featuring a star/story from New Mexico talent.
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Prospective Students. NMSU is proud to be a comprehensive university and home to a dynamic and multicultural population of more than 23,000 students. Rated as one of America’s 100 Best College Buys for more than ten consecutive years, NMSU provides rich learning and living opportunities to students throughout the world.
The Alumni Association helps alumni and friends connect to the university through a variety of events. The association also maintains a list of former students and graduates, promotes the interests of former students and graduates through a variety of programs and encourages good public relations between the university and its former students and alumni.
Academics. Click here to get information about degrees and degree plans, course schedules, catalogs, testing, registration, and other helpful resources.
Job Openings. Click to learn about job openings available at New Mexico State University. The site lists faculty positions, professional positions,
classified positions, and student positions.
Research. NMSU ranks in the top 100 institutions in the country in terms of federal research expenditures.
News and Events. Click to see New Mexico State University news articles, view online publications, and see the NMSU calendar of events.
Extension and Outreach. The mission of the Cooperative Extension Service is to provide the people of New Mexico with practical, research-based knowledge and programs to improve their quality of life. The base programs of the Cooperative Extension Service are agriculture and natural resources, consumer and family issues, youth development, and community economic development.
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Las Cruces Soccer Facilities. Burn Lake Soccer Complex, Las Cruces Sports Complex - High Noon Soccer Complex, and Provencio Van Dam, Soldados Multipurpose & Ron Galla T-Ball Fields
Las Cruces Baseball Facilities. Presley Askew Field (baseball) is regulation size, and has a seating capacity of 1,000. The softball field is equipped with a batting cage and bullpens for both home and visiting teams. The softball field is NCAA regulation size.
Sun Lanes Bowling Center has a automatic scoring system, full service restaurant, snack bar and a pro shop.
The Las Cruces Skate Park is owned and operated by the City of Las Cruces. The facility is fully lighted and equipped with a PA and sound system. The park has paved parking, restrooms and access to concession facilities.
The Butterfield Shooting Range is located 12 miles west of Las Cruces. 575-373-1026. Facilities include: Outdoor Pistol, Outdoor Rifle, Rifle Silhouette, Pistol Silhouette, Muzzleloading, Sporting Clays
operation for more than 25 years
Wet n' Wild Waterworld, located off of I10 on the border between Texas
and New Mexico, has a large assortment of water rides and attractions. Among
the 25 water rides are thrillers like Amazon the park's longest slide which
begins from 50-feet above and the newest ride Alien Vortex that is one of
the fastest and most thrilling rides. For young children, Wet n' Wild
Waterworld offers attractions like Toddler’s Cove and Old Lady in the Shoe
designed especially for them.
Playland Amusement Park, located acss the street from Sunland Park
Racetrack and Casino has 25+ acres of extreme family fun. This is the #1
amusement park in the southwest area that is packed with over 30 great
family thrill rides and attractions. Experience the fun of the popular steel
roller coaster, The Drop Zone, and Pharoah's Fury, Bumper Cars, Yo-Yo,
tilt-Whirl, Scrambler, and the new Tsunami.
Riding at the Corralitos Ranch, located West of Las Cruces, NM spreads
over a vast desert. The 1000+ square miles is a working ranch with tranquil
terrain, a vista of hills and canyons, amazing sunsets, historical
landmarks, and old ruins (of forts, ranch houses, and settlements). Perfect
for riding, photographing, and exploring, the land is home to Indian rock
art, old mines, and abandoned homesteads. Most rides are in two-hour
increments, up to an eight-hour, day trip. They cater to individuals and
groups of up to 10 people. Riders must be less than 250 pounds and over 8
years of age. Their experienced trail horses and mules handle riders at all
levels of experience.
El Paso Zoo is an eighteen-acre home to about 240 species of animals.
Approximately 500 mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds, 700 fish and 500
invertebrates live in a variety of natural habitat exhibits including a
Reptile House, South American Pavilion, Americas Aviary, Cisneros Paraje,
Birds of Prey, American Biome, Forest Atrium, Asian Grasslands, Asian
Endangered Walk, and an Elephant Complex.
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State & Federal Parks and Monuments
high wall, needle-like spires of the Organ Mountains curve dramatically
around a semicircle of Chihuahuan Desert habitat at the
Aguirre Spring Campground. The campground, nestled at the base of
spectacular cliffs, overlooks the Tularosa Basin and White Sands National
Monument. Two national recreation trails start at the campground. The Baylor
Pass Trail has its eastern end at the campground. This is a one-way trail of
six miles, which will take you to the Baylor Canyon Road on the west side of
the mountains. The Pine Tree Trail is a four-mile loop that climbs to the
base of the Organ Needles, in Ponderosa Pine habitat. To get to the Aguirre
Spring Campground take U.S. 70 for 14 miles east of the I-25/U.S. 70
interchange in Las Cruces, then turn south on the Aguirre Spring Road (1.1
miles after San Augustine Pass) for six miles. At mile 4 the road becomes a
one-way loop and climbs steeply.
Dripping Springs Natural Area has over four miles of easy hiking trails,
including the Dripping Springs Trail, which shows off desert scrub and low
elevation pinon-juniper and oak woodlands. The area also boasts excellent
wildlife viewing opportunities, including excellent year-round viewing of
red-tailed hawk, Gambel’s quail, golden eagle and rock squirrel. It offers
very good year-round viewing of desert mule deer and coyote. Also watch for
black-throated sparrow, ladder-backed woodpecker, verdin, black-tailed
gnatcatcher, lesser nighthawk, Scott’s oriole, cactus wren, desert
cottontail, and collared and tree lizard in the spring and summer. Finally,
there are occasional sightings of mountain lion. The Dripping Springs
Natural Area is located 10 miles east of Las Cruces, on the west side of the
Organ Mountains. Take University Avenue/Dripping Springs Road east to the
Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park is New Mexico's 34th state park opened
in December 2008. A remnant of riverside woodland and restored wetland along
the Rio Grande, this park is a haven for migratory birds and for people
seeking walking trails and quiet enjoyment of nature. The park is located on
the western bank of the Rio Grande southwest of the Village of Mesilla. 5000
Calle Del Norte, Mesilla, NM (575) 523-4398
in the northern Chihuahuan Desert, the 960-acre
Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park site is a topographically and biologically
diverse example of this beautiful desert. The Nature Park encompasses a
small section of the Doña Ana Mountains northeast of Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Spectacular views of the Organ Mountains, San Andres Mountains and the
Jornada Basin are also visible from the Park. To get there from I-25 in Las
Cruces, New Mexico, head east on Highway 70. Take the Mesa Grande Rd. exit (
at Oñate High School) and make a U-turn under the highway to head west on
the frontage road. Turn right (north) on Jornada Road and proceed north on
Jornada Road for approximately 6.5 miles. Turn left just before the
Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park entrance sign. Follow the entrance road west
to the Nature Park parking lot and trail head.
Leasburg Dam State Park offers camping, picnicking and bird watching.
From mid-March to mid-October the park offers fishing, canoeing and
kayaking. Leasburg Dam, built in 1908, is one of the oldest diversion dams
in New Mexico. It heads a canal system that irrigates extensive farmlands
south to Las Cruces. To get to Leasburg Dam State Park, go 15 miles north of
Las Cruces on I-25, get off at exit 19 and take NM 157 west to the park
from the heart of the Tularosa Basin is one of the world's great natural
wonders - the glistening white sands of New Mexico. Here, great wave-like
dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert and created
the world's largest gypsum dune field.
White Sands National
Monument preserves a major portion of this unique dune field, along with
the plants and animals that have successfully adapted to this constantly
changing environment. The visitor center is located on U.S. Highway 70, 15
miles southwest of Alamogordo and 52 miles east of Las Cruces, New Mexico.
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on the rugged west slope of the Little Florida Mountains (south of Deming,
Rockhound StatePark is a favorite for “rockhounds” because of the
abundant agates and quartz crystals found there. Hiking trails provide
spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. Scattered throughout the
park are rock and mineral specimens of volcanic origin. These treasures
range from varieties of jasper, silica minerals, quartz crystals,
chalcedony, agate, and common opal. Visitors are allowed to take up to 15
pounds of the rock for their personal collections. To get to Rockhound State
Park from Deming, take N.M. 11 south for five miles, and then go east on
N.M. 141 for about nine miles.
of volcanic ash 30 million years ago and sculpted by wind and water into
rows of monolithic blocks,
City of Rocks State Park
takes its name from these incredible rock formations. Cactus gardens and
hiking trails add to this unique destination. The rock formations at the
park are so unique that they are only known to exist in six other places in
the world. Imaginative visitors may see the rock formations as a small city,
complete with houses, chimneys, courtyards, and streets. To get to City of
Rocks State Park from Deming, take US 180 northwest 24 miles; then go
northeast on NM 61 for 4 miles to the park access road.
July 16, 1945 the world changed with the explosion of the first atomic bomb.
The explosion took place at
Trinity Site which is on the White Sands Missile Range. Trinity is a
national historic landmark which is open to the public twice a year. The
link above will provide you with information on this historic landmark. Call
for information (575) 678-1134.
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White Sands Test Facility
The Las Cruces International Airport is a thriving general aviation airport located right off Interstate 10 on the West Mesa about
8 miles from downtown Las Cruces. The airport has three runways, including a precision instrument approach (Runway 30), two
full-service FBOs, ample tie down space, and plenty of room to grow. At this time it does not have scheduled airline service. The closest
airport for scheduled airline service is the El Paso International Airport.
El Paso International Airport (ELP) is the gateway to West Texas, Southern New Mexico and Northern Mexico. It provides airline
passenger services, air cargo, and general aviation services. The Airport is favored with abundant land (nearly 7,100 acres) and
beautiful flying weather. The Airport is located 6 miles east of downtown El Paso and 3.7 miles north of Interstate 10 Exit 25
Gate A-1 and A-2 - American Airlines
Gate A-3 - Frontier Airlines
Gate B-1 and B-2 - Delta Airlines
Gate B-3, B-4, B-5, B-6 - Southwest Airlines
Gate B-7 - US Airways
Gate B-9 - Continental Airlines
Gate B-11 - United Airlines
Unassigned - New Mexico Airlines
Las Cruces Shuttle & Charter Service is an airport shuttle serving El Paso International Airport, Amtrak & bus stations
in the El Paso, Las Cruces, Deming, and Silver City areas. Also available --Private Car Service 24-hours per day, 7 days a week,
and Charter & Courier transportation service throughout southern New Mexico and west Texas. Scheduled service available;
open 7 days a week; Phone Hours: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm MST; advance Reservations Required.
L & M Limousine has provided service to the Las Cruces and Southern New Mexico area since 1986. They provide trained professional
chauffeurs in well maintained limousines for weddings, quinceañeras, anniversaries, proms, graduations, bachelor and bachelorette
parties or for any other request of your needs. They provide airport service in our Lincoln town cars and Cadillac ESV Escalade.
RoadRUNNER Transit is the public transportation system of Las Cruces
Auto Rentals in Las Cruces
Avis Rental Car, 700 South Telshor, 575-522-4406
Enterprise Rent-a-Car, 1340 S. Valley Dr., 575-525-1778
Hertz Rent-a-Car, 201 E. University (inside Ramada Palms), 575-521-4807, or 8990 Zia Blvd., 575-521-4807
Auto Rentals with offices in baggage claim area of the El Paso Airport
Alamo Car Rental - 915-778-4401
Avis Rental Car - (915) 779-2700
Budget Rental Car - (915) 772-9156
Dollar Rental Car - (915) 778-5445
Enterprise Car Rental - 915-779-2260
Hertz Rent A Car - (915) 772-4255
National Car Rental - (915) 778-9417
Thrifty Car Rental - (915) 778-9236
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