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EP17 - Visit Las Cruces

El Paso - Annual 2017

Las Cruces, meaning "the crosses" in Spanish, likely drew its name from three crosses once staked on a nearby hillside, but the city is still a crossroads, where local flavors, history, and outdoor recreation intersect.

EP17 - Visit Las Cruces
Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument
Photo by Laurence Parent

Go For The Cuisine And Culture

Set in the fertile Mesilla Valley, Las Cruces is a go-to city for some of New Mexico's great tastes — wine, chile, and nuts. Enjoy them all at the Farmers and Crafts Market of Las Cruces, held year-round on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Also downtown, the brand-new Plaza de Las Cruces promises to become a gathering place for outdoor concerts this year. Families can stop by any time so kiddos can splash in the interactive water feature. fcmlc.org

Follow the Green Chile "Walk of Flame," a trail of tastes that takes you from the New Mexico State University Chile Pepper Institute, where the public gardens at the Fabian Garcia Horticulture Center display 150 chile varieties, to a full menu of restaurants and shops. lascrucescvb.org/green-chile

The state's agricultural history takes top billing at the Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. Watch cowboys and blacksmiths ply their trades and lean against the fence in the South 20, where the museum's cattle herd and crops thrive. Discover more local history at the Branigan Cultural Center and check out the latest exhibitions from local and national artists at the Las Cruces Museum of Art. nmfarmandranchmuseum.org, las-cruces.org/museums

New Mexico State University, the oldest higher education institution in New Mexico, houses the largest visual arts collection in Southern New Mexico at the University Art Gallery. Music and athletic stars headline at the 12,000-seat Pan American Center, which hosts national touring acts — from Garth Brooks to Broadway shows — and NMSU basketball. Classical notes resound when the NMSU Las Cruces Symphony plays its September to May season. panam.nmsu.edu, lascrucessymphony.com

Stay For The Desert Playground

Since 2014, the Organ Mountains–Desert Peaks National Monument has protected four recreation islands with wild Chihuahuan desertscapes and unique historical locales. Hikers and horsemen head to the Dripping Springs Natural Area and Aguirre Spring Campground, two popular destinations within a few minutes of downtown. blm.gov

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