Centuries ago, Spanish explorers brought their faith, culture, language and way of life to this land. Today, over four hundred years later, our past is one of our greatest treasures and can still be found in everything from our traditional architecture, to our spicy cuisine and unique artwork.
Located in southern New Mexico, Las Cruces enjoys warm weather and 320 days of sunshine per year. Las Cruces offers visitors a wide range of outdoor activities such as golfing, biking, hiking and tennis, as well as a diverse assortment of museums, shopping, and festivals. There are three national monuments less than an hour’s drive from Las Cruces: Organ Mountain Desert Peaks National Monument, the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument, and White Sands National Monument. All three offer outdoor recreation opportunities from a simple hike to sand dune surfing and backcountry camping.
Visitors can experience the city’s culture, heritage and hospitality through events such as the annual Las Cruces Country Music Festival which is a multi-day celebration of country music, or the weekly Farmers & Crafts Market, which has been rated one of the best outdoor markets in the country. Held every Saturday morning on Main Street in downtown Las Cruces, the market has over 300 vendors who gather to offer fresh local produce, honey, herbs, spices, arts and crafts and much more.
The downtown area is also home to the Branigan Cultural Center, the Las Cruces Art Museum, the Museum of Nature and Science, and the Las Cruces Railroad Museum. All are part of the City of Las Cruces museum system and are free to the public.
Other area museums include the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, which offers a glimpse into the 3,000-year-old agricultural history, heritage and science of New Mexico, with hands-on exhibits, and demonstrations such as blacksmithing, western roping, southwestern cooking and dairy farming, and the New Mexico State University Museum which is home to the largest collection of Mexican retablos in the United States.
If history is a priority, Las Cruces has everything from famous outlaws and 19th century Buffalo Soldiers, to petroglyph rocks left thousands of years ago by the area’s original settlers.
Some of the most authentic Mexican food north of the border can be found in Las Cruces. Visitors can explore the Salsa Trail or the Green Chile Walk of Flame and sample authentic as well as unique cuisine only found here. The Salsa Trail included 26 restaurants whose salsa was recommend by locals and the Walk of Flame features 28 stops where explorers can try everything from a green chile sundae, to green chile wontons to green chile sushi and margaritas. The Walk even includes a stop at the Double Eagle restaurant for a bite of the world’s largest green chile cheeseburger.
Don’t just take our word for how great Las Cruces is. Las Cruces has received several awards including rankings by Money Magazine, Forbes, AARP, Sunset and many others, as one of the best places to live and retire.