Southwestern New Mexico attractions

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 Archaeological Site in Gila National Forest

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

A relatively small site, these remarkable 13th-century cliff dwellings were only occupied by a small Mogollon group (30 to 80 people) for 20 years. Perfectly situated in six alcoves (some of which are enormous), it …
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Socorro

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

Renowned among wildlife photographers the world over, these fields and marshes, 18 miles south of Socorro, are the wintering ground for over 100,000 migratory birds including snow geese, sandhill cranes and bald eag…
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 …
Observatory in Socorro

Very Large Array Radio Telescope

In some remote regions of New Mexico, TV reception is little more than a starry-eyed fantasy. About 40 miles west of Socorro, though, 27 huge antenna dishes sprout from the high plains like a couch potato’s dream co…
Airport in Truth or Consequences

Spaceport America

New Mexico has been hurling objects out beyond the stratosphere since 1947, when the first missile was launched from the rolling dunes of White Sands, courtesy of NASA's Werner von Braun. The next big thing? You gue…
Ghost Town in Deming

Shakespeare

As far as we know, the dusty southwestern corner of New Mexico isn't haunted by spirits speaking in iambic pentameter, but it is where you'll find Shakespeare, 2½ miles south of Lordsburg. Among the best-preserved g…
Museum in Deming

Deming Luna Mimbres Museum

One of New Mexico’s best regional museums, a sprawling, enormous affair that holds a superb display of Mimbres pottery and a great doll collection, including one rescued from the rubble of Hiroshima. A re-created Vi…
Park in Deming

Rockhound State Park

Rockhound State Park, 14 miles southeast of Deming via Hwys 11 and 141, gives visitors the chance to collect all sorts of semiprecious or just plain pretty rocks, including jasper, geodes and thunder eggs. You’ll ne…