Las Cruces is in the Mesilla Valley, between the Organ Mountains and the Rio Grande. With approximately 350 days of sunshine each year, the climate is ideal for outdoor exploration and recreation.

The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument is 496,000 acres (200,724 hectares) of protected land. Hike along desert nature trails and check out archeological sites such as Apache Flats and Chavez Cave. Go horseback riding along the mountainside Baylor Pass and picnic at the Leasburg Dam State Park. Try sledding down dunes of gypsum sand at the White Sands National Monument, 52 miles (84 kilometers) from the city.

Birdwatchers, bring your cameras and binoculars for the diverse habitats around Las Cruces that are home to many bird species. Sign up for a bird-watching tour through the wetlands of Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park. At Dripping Springs Resort, you may see bald eagles, owls and roadrunners as well as many other species.

Once you are back in Las Cruces, explore its museums, galleries and other attractions. Visit the historic district of Mesquite Street, where the city was founded in 1849. See some of the original adobe houses. View the collection of World War II and Korean War aircraft at the War Eagles Air Museum. Admire contemporary art pieces by regional and national artists at Las Cruces Museum of Arts. For shopping, browse the specialty shops on Main Street.

Las Cruces is known for its winemaking, with more than 40 commercial wineries along the Rio Grande. During your stay, go on the Las Cruces Wine Trail that encompasses the tasting rooms and vineyards of 10 wineries.

The city is conveniently located less than 1 hour’s drive from El Paso International Airport. Spaceport America is nearby; this will be a commercial hub for space tourism and is currently open for tours.

The popularity of Las Cruces is due to its history, scenery and range of outdoor adventures.

Known for

Dining, Shopping and Deserts

Top Hotels in Las Cruces

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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The Hotel At Sunland Park Casino, Ascend Hotel Collection Member
3.5 out of 5
1202 Futurity Dr., Sunland Park
$75/night
Aug 18 - Aug 19
4.3/5Excellent! (726 reviews)

"Sunland Park Hotel was perfect for our stay in Las Vegas. It’s conveniently located just 4 minutes from I-10 and the outlets. Plus it has an amusement park across the street."…"

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2019

The Hotel At Sunland Park Casino, Ascend Hotel Collection Member
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Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces
3.5 out of 5
705 S Telshor Blvd, Las Cruces
$118/night
Jul 24 - Jul 25
4.3/5Excellent! (1,472 reviews)

"Pretty hotel, clean, friendly staff, however they had a 10pm movie showing in the pool area that we could hear the movie from our room on the 4th floor and we were trying to sleep as we were traveling through the next day."…"

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2019

Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces
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La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Las Cruces Organ Mountain
2.5 out of 5
1500 Hickory Dr, Las Cruces
$65/night
Jul 28 - Jul 29
4.1/5Very Good! (1,255 reviews)

"Comfortable beds that gave me a great nights rest. Breakfast was good but wish there was more variety in fruit available."…"

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2019

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Las Cruces Organ Mountain

Popular things to do in Las Cruces

White Sands Missile Range
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White Sands Missile Range

Drive to this United States Army rocket range to see many displayed missiles and learn the technology and history behind them.

Top activities in Las Cruces

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One Game of Zombie Scavengers of El Paso, TX

$3

Can you survive the zombie apocalypse… Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game. With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive.

Operation City Quest of El Paso, TX
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Operation City Quest of El Paso, TX

$10

Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.

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