Las Cruces is home to attractions that celebrate the city’s rich history and cultural diversity. Make sure not to miss the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum – charting the history of agriculture in the state – and of course the historic town of Mesilla and its quaint plaza filled with shops, boutiques and restaurants.
Visiting White Sands
The White Sands National Monument is a must-see local attraction. Visit this beach in the middle of America and you won’t believe your eyes! Like No Place Else on Earth – rising 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.
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Las Cruces has a number of other interesting attractions to visit during your time here. Check out reviews at TripAdvisor.
Beautiful, sunny Las Cruces has a number of wonderful golf courses! If you love to golf, then you’ll love golfing in Las Cruces. Click here for Golf Course Conditions.
Las Cruces has wonderful weather so outdoor sports can be enjoyed year-round at some of southern New Mexico’s finest recreational facilities. There are plenty of places to walk, run, hike, bike or play.
SOUTH – Less than an hour’s drive away is El Paso, Texas and Juaréz, Mexico. The Mexican culture combines with a feel of the Old West at the Pass of the North (El Paso del Norte). Dog racing, bullfights, museums, unique shopping and dining give El Paso/Juaréz its appeal. Casino gaming, horse racing, an amusement park, and water park are also within minutes.
NORTH – Hot springs, water sports, fishing, camping and ghost towns are just an hour or two away. Caballo and Elephant Butte lakes are home to boats, skiers, fishermen and campers just outside the town of Truth or Consequences (formerly Hot Springs), New Mexico. The old mining communities of Hillsboro and Kingston offer scenic and interesting side trips.
EAST – Just over the Organ Mountains lies the Tularosa Basin and one of the world’s wonders – the White Sands National Monument. The gypsum sands create a landscape unlike any other. Continue on to the Sacramento Mountains and to the scenic towns of Cloudcroft and Ruidoso. Cool pines and fresh mountain air are in abundant supply, as well as winter skiing, sledding and snowboarding. For those with a gambling spirit, try the Ruidoso Downs racetrack and Casino Apache, while the Inn of the Mountain Gods offers resort accommodations, dining and golf.
WEST – Historic Silver City, the City of Rocks, Faywood Hot Springs, and the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument are just a few hours’ drive from Las Cruces. Camping, hiking and fishing are all available in this beautiful setting. Don’t miss Pinos Altos with its Buckhorn Bar, and melodramas at the Opera House.
New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum (GREAT FOR KIDS!)
Experience the unique 3,000-year story of agriculture in New Mexico on a sprawling 47-acre campus. See live milking demonstrations at the dairy barn; take a special tour to see our Parade of Breeds which features six different breeds of beef cattle; or visit the blacksmith shop and watch how iron is formed into valuable tools. Schedule a catered meal in our restaurant and enjoy shopping at Eagle Ranch Gift Shoppe, which features New Mexico wines, pistachios and many gift items. Guided tours are conducted by appointment only and tours of 10 people or more receive the discounted rate of $4 for adults and $2 for senior citizens. Located 1.5 miles east of Telshor on University Avenue. Museum hours are Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sundays noon – 5 p.m. (575) 522-4100.
With its rich mixture of natural resources and diverse landscapes, New Mexico is the perfect vacation escape for families and friends, for adventure, sports and recreation: Snow and water skiing, snowboarding, hiking, mountain biking, golf, fly-fishing, boating, spelunking, snowmobiling, ballooning, sailing, hang gliding – the list is endless.
From dinosaurs to Spanish conquistadors; rocket sleds to aliens; folk art to fine art – New Mexico is filled with wonder and packed with everything that comes to mind when folks dream of unspoiled wilderness, spectacular views, and a genuine Land of Enchantment way of life.
One of the area’s most appealing locales is just down the road in historic Old Mesilla. A unique assortment of shops, galleries and restaurants surround the charming plaza with its gazebo and picturesque church. A stagecoach stop along the Butterfield Trail, Billy the Kid was put on trial here and sentenced to hang. He later escaped from jail in nearby Lincoln, before being tracked down and killed at Fort Sumner by Pat Garrett. Old Mesilla was the site of the signing of 1854 Gadsden Purchase, and the village’s narrow streets and homes have retained much of their nostalgic flavor. Mesilla offers a wide range of historical and cultural events, shopping and dining on the town’s plaza. Enjoy a meal at the famous Double Eagle or La Posta restaurants, where patrons can experience a wide variety of cuisine and history while they visit one of the most historical locations in New Mexico.
New Mexico started producing wines in 1629, making the state’s wine industry the oldest in the country. Today, several New Mexico wineries produce a wide variety of fine wines, and each year Las Cruces hosts the Southern New Mexico Wine Festival, La Vina Jazz and Blues Thing and the New Mexico Wine Harvest.
The next chapter in space transportation is being written right now in the State of New Mexico. Forward-thinking pioneers are developing both vertical and horizontal launch vehicles using the power of free-market enterprise. As the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport, Spaceport America is designed with the needs of the commercial space business in mind. Unique geographic benefits, striking iconic design, and the tradition of New Mexico space leadership are coming together to create a new way to travel into space. When it comes to outer space, New Mexico is bringing it down to earth!