Las CrucesUnited States of America

Travel to a city in southwestern New Mexico that offers an exciting blend of outdoor pursuits, cultural attractions and historic sites. 

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.

Top Hotels in Las Cruces

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Hotel at Sunland Park Casino El Paso, Ascend Hotel Collection
The Hotel at Sunland Park Casino El Paso, Ascend Hotel Collection
3.5 out of 5
1202 Futurity Dr., Sunland Park, NM
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $74 per night

Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino and Western Playland Amusement Park. Bob-O's ...

4.3/5Excellent! (987 reviews)

"This propert is clean and has a new feel. Walking distance to the casino and great views. Staff was very nice."…"

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2020

The Hotel at Sunland Park Casino El Paso, Ascend Hotel Collection
Ramada Hotel & Conference Center by Wyndham Las Cruces
Ramada Hotel & Conference Center by Wyndham Las Cruces
3 out of 5
201 E University Avenue, I-10 Exit 142, Las Cruces, NM
The price is $67 per night

Situated in Las Cruces, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of New Mexico State University, Old Mesilla Village, and Las Cruces Museum of Art. New Mexico Farm and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (970 reviews)

"Really neat property. Our room had a back "patio" door opening to the beautiful courtyard inside with greenery and fountains. Staff was extremely helpful and friendly. I only stayed one night but the bed was very comfortable and I would definitely stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2020

Ramada Hotel & Conference Center by Wyndham Las Cruces
Motel 6 Las Cruces, NM - Telshor
Motel 6 Las Cruces, NM - Telshor
2 out of 5
2120 Summit Ct, Las Cruces, NM
The price is $49 per night

Situated in Las Cruces, this motel is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Mesilla Valley Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of Las Cruces Museum of Art and Sonoma Ranch Golf Course. ...

4/5Very Good! (637 reviews)

"Easy check in. Clean room. quite stay. Will stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2020

Motel 6 Las Cruces, NM - Telshor

Popular places to visit in Las Cruces

White Sands Missile Range
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White Sands Missile Range

4.5/5(100 reviews)

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

Mesilla Valley Mall
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Mesilla Valley Mall

4/5(157 reviews)

You can do some window-shopping at Mesilla Valley Mall during your trip to Las Cruces. While you're here, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum
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New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum

4.5/5(58 reviews)

You can spend time exploring the galleries in New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum during your travels in Las Cruces. Wander the area's college campus or simply enjoy one of its top-notch restaurants.

Top things to do in Las Cruces

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of New Mexico
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of New Mexico

$10
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of New Mexico
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of New Mexico

$20
Per adult
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Texas
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Texas

$10
Per adult
Two Flight Indoor Skydiving Experience
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Two Flight Indoor Skydiving Experience

$60
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Texas
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Texas

$20
Per adult
3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Texas
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3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Texas

$10
Per adult

Reviews of Las Cruces

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
348
5 - Excellent 34.11764705882353%
4 - Good
486
4 - Good 47.64705882352941%
3 - Okay
160
3 - Okay 15.686274509803921%
2 - Disappointing
13
2 - Disappointing 1.2745098039215685%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.2745098039215685%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

We don't see much because we when to my grandma's funeral only

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Nothing!

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

May 24, 2020

the best place in Las Cruces is the Ramada

5/5 - Excellent

Monique

May 22, 2020

It’s a beautiful city with beautiful work of art through out the city.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 20, 2020

Las Cruces would have been excellent but for the shutdown. Not the fault of it's very nice inhabitants

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

May 16, 2020

It's an ok town. Not much to do or see here.

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