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Top Choice National Park in Las Cruces

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

New Mexico's newest national monument consists of several separate components, totaling almost 500,000 acres and all lying within a 50-mile radius of Las Cruces. While much of it is not developed for visitors, the O…
Top Choice Museum in Las Cruces

New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum

This terrific museum doesn’t just display engaging exhibits on the state’s agricultural history – it's got livestock too. Enclosures on the working farm alongside hold assorted breeds of cattle, along with horses, d…
Top Choice Area in Las Cruces

Mesilla

Dating back 150 years and little changed since, Mesilla is a charming old adobe town. Despite the souvenir shops and tourist-oriented restaurants, its beautiful historic Plaza, 4 miles south of Las Cruces, provides …
Top Choice New Mexican in Las Cruces

Chala's Wood-Fired Grill

With house-smoked carnitas and turkey, housemade bacon and chile-pork sausage, plus calabacitas (squash and corn), quinoa salad and organic greens, this place rises well above the standard New Mexican diner fare. Lo…
University in Las Cruces

New Mexico State University

If you're looking to engage the intellect, the university museums are the obvious choice. While small, the exhibits here are well curated. The Zuhl Museum (8am to 5pm Monday to Friday), in the visitor center, holds …
Museum in Las Cruces

White Sands Missile Test Center Museum

Explore New Mexico's military technology history with a visit to this museum, 25 miles east of Las Cruces along Hwy 70. It represents the heart of the White Sands Missile Range, a major testing site since 1945. Ther…
New Mexican in Las Cruces

¡Andele!

It's the salsa bar here that everyone raves about, and with good reason. Follow up the homemade chips with tacos el castor or smothered enchiladas, or just dig in to a simple bowl of chile. Located at the edge of Me…
Religious in Las Cruces

Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Held in the Native American village of Tortugas, south of Las Cruces, late into the first night, drummers and masked dancers accompany a statue of Mary in a procession. On the following day, participants climb sever…
New Mexican in Las Cruces

Chope's Bar & Cafe

Worth every second of the 15-mile drive south of town, Chope's may not be much to look at, but the hot chile will turn you into an addict within minutes. From chile rellenos to burritos, you've seen the menu before;…
New Mexican in Las Cruces

Nellie's Cafe

Cherished by locals, Nellie's has been serving homemade burritos, chile rellenos and tamales for decades now, under the slogan 'Chile with an Attitude.' It's small and humble in decor but big in taste, with deliciou…