Group Tours Frequently Asked Questions

Rochelle_WebsiteWhy should I route my itinerary through Las Cruces?
Las Cruces is conveniently located on both Interstates 10 and 25 so whether your itinerary includes points like Albuquerque, Phoenix or San Antonio, you can easily include a night or two in our city.

What will my tour do while we’re there?
There are a variety of things to see and do during your visit to Las Cruces . Many of our museums are free and they highlight areas of interest like history, art, natural science, agriculture, geology and the railroad.

What will the weather be like?
With 325 days of sunshine every year, Las Cruces enjoys a comfortable climate all year round. Spring and Fall ranges from temperature in the low 40’s to the upper 70’s while summer temps run from 67 – 95 degrees and winter can be between 28 and 58 degrees. Seasonal cloudbursts are most likely in July and August.

Are there things that don’t require too much walking?
Activity level for many of our attractions can be customized for the group. For example, you can see White Sands National Monument by foot or by windshield tour. You can experience the outdoor exhibits at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum by trolley. Shopping in Mesilla is only as strenuous as you make it!

Are there opportunities for “soft adventure”?
Visit Dripping Springs Natural Area and hike to an historic resort and sanatorium, charter a pontoon boat on the largest lake in New Mexico or float down the Rio Grande .

What if I’m traveling on a multi-generational tour?
Our events and attractions are all family friendly (OK, maybe not the wine tasting) with entertainment for visitors of any age.
What’s historic about Las Cruces?
If you’re visiting the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument , our history dates back 280 million years. If you’re asking about people, the Mogollon culture inhabited this area as early as 825 AD. More recently, Spanish conquistadores traveled El Camino Real from Mexico City to Santa Fe beginning 1598. Mesilla was the site of the Gadsden Purchase and a Butterfield Stage stop. Growth in Las Cruces exploded with the advent of rail travel in the early 1900.

What do you mean by ‘culture’?
Our city’s cultural makeup includes Caucasian, Hispanic, Native-, Mexican-, African- and Asian-Americans. This diversity creates a unique and welcoming environment with colorful festivals, delicious cuisine and more.

Do you have non-spicy dining options?
In addition to our New Mexican and Mexican dining options (all of which serve spicy and non-spicy dishes), we have Continental, Italian, Asian and Mediterranean fare. In addition, Las Cruces is home to the state’s only Hawaiian restaurant

What can we do to experience your chile culture?
Start by visiting the Chile Pepper Institute at New Mexico State University , an organization dedicated to research, education and all things chile. It’s a special treat to be here during harvest season when the smell of roasting chiles fills the air.
How far is Las Cruces from the airport?
Las Cruces is 50 miles or approximately one hour from the El Paso , Texas International Airport.

Are there motor coach companies nearby?
Several motor coach companies lease buses to tour groups coming from out-of-state.

Do I have to make special arrangements to drive my motor coach into New Mexico?
No special plates nor permits are required. You will want to check the New Mexico Department of Transportation web site as well as the Motor Transportation Division in your home state.
Where else can we go while we’re in the area?
Las Cruces is an excellent place for a hub-and-spoke tour. Be sure to take day trips to nearby White Sands National Monument . Don’t miss a Preview Tour of Spaceport America . Enjoy a getaway to the charming mountain communities of Ruidoso and Silver City .

Who will help me plan our tour?   
Our Tourism Sales and Services Managers are available to assist your planning including lodging and activity arrangements. We can customize itineraries, and provide planner guides, brochures and promotional items. Call today to schedule a site visit or for help with your next tour.