Las Cruces Travel Guide

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Las Cruces Things to Do

  • Space Murals Museum

    Just east of town is the Space Murals Museum. They have a variety of displays about the space program and a water tower with lots of nice murals. There is also a small area for the kids to play. Hours are 9 AM to 6 PM Monday through Saturday and 9 AM to 6 PM on Sunday. Admission is free.

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  • FRHM: The Green Bridge

    Another item the museum obtained to try and preserve the area history is "The Green Bridge". This is the oldest steel highway bridge in the state and was erected in 1902 near the town of Roswell (that's before the aliens came to visit). Please note that the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum restricts any photography for anything other than personal...

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  • FRHM: Dairy Demonstration

    I was there at just the right time to watch the milking demonstration in the dairy barn. It began with a film discussing how the dairy industry in New Mexico has grown from a 5 stall barn to the 6th largest operation in the nation. Then they brought in a cow and showed how they are milked now.Please note that the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum...

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  • FRHM: Outdoor Displays

    In addition to all the indoor displays they have several outdoor displays consisting of buildings set up to resemble a blacksmiths building and others. They also have a large collection of vintage farm and ranch equipment.Please note that the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum restricts any photography for anything other than personal use. I got...

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  • Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum

    If you only have time to see one museum while visiting Las Cruces, I would recommend the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum on the eastern edge of town. In addition to the expected displays relating to the history of farming and ranching in New Mexico they also have displays about New Mexico from pre-history through the preasent and some rooms...

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  • FRHM: Indoor Displays

    In all the rooms of the indoor displays I think my favorite was the one showing the history of the area from pre-history to the present. They had a very nice replica of an ancient Pit House and a nice mural (that unfortunately is not in chronological order).Please note that the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum restricts any photography for anything...

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Las Cruces Restaurants

  • Dickey's BBQ Pit Since 1941

    Since 1941, Dickey's from Texas has expanded to many states, including Las Cruces, New Mexico where I dined (twice) and the food, friendly staff and great/easily-accessible locations along interstate freeways.Open for lunch and dinner, you can smell the BBQ as soon as you arrive in the parking lot and when you enter the rustic but comfortable and...

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  • Gotta love the cold cold beer!

    Originally a pizza-themed restaurant, this place has expanded its menu to include a HUGE variety. Whatever I have in mind, I'm always sure to find something not only suitable, but exceptional. Also, big kudos for some of the coldest (and cheapest!) beer in town - Sam Adams even makes a special ale just for them. (did i mention i like beer?...

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  • Wow, this ain't TexMex!

    The food is spicey so be careful! The resturant is in the 1840's Historic Old Butterfield Stage Building. The lobby has parots and piranhas for you to look at while you wait for a table. I always oder a margarita and a combination plate. They also have a wonderful soup; Caldillo. I hear the desserts are wonderful but I'm always too full to order...

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  • Great Steaks and Seafood

    As you may guess from the name, Cattlemen's is not for vegetarians. They offer a variety of steaks, chicken, seafood and some Mexican dishes. The decor is decidedly western with saddles, western paintings, a cutout of John Wayne and even a room with wagons in the back. The place also has a small sports bar/lounge attached. Maybe a tiny bit more...

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  • Food, Drinks, and Cute Women

    Hooters is famous for their wings and their cute women in bright orange short shorts and Hooters T-shirts. I love their wings, their clam chowder and their chili. Gotta love the staff too. Friendly! This Hooters did not offer the clam chowder or the chili. I opted for the beer battered fish which was a bit overcooked.

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  • Chinese Super Buffet

    I like Chinese Food and I like all-you-can-eat buffets (although I tend to overeat at them). This one was very nice. The seating area was huge and the selection was large too. They had lots of seafood dishes; but no Chicken in Blackbean Sauce

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Las Cruces Nightlife

  • Wine, music & tapas here

    St. Clair winery & bistro is both a wine tasting room and great restaurant and I made two stops here during my 51 night roadtrip from Nov. 2012 to Jan. 2013. What a great find.The menu contains everything from appetizers, tapas, sandwiches, paninis , pastas, burgers & other family favorites including full entrees and desserts.The winery specializes...

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  • Graham's Central Station

    After dinner, we headed off for some dancing at a 4 room bar called "Graham's Central Station", which unfortunately had all the music I don't really care for in all four rooms. Country and Western in the main room, hip hop in the next largest room, latino is the smaller dance room, and karaoke, which occasionally had a good song, in the bar room....

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  • Good Beer, Better Waitresses

    Hooters is famous for their wings, a good selection of beer, and their cute women in bright orange short shorts and Hooters T-shirts. Casual.

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Las Cruces Shopping

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    by e7forever Written Jun 20, 2005

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    If you are looking to shop in Las Cruces then this is the place to do it. It is the largest mall in Southern New Mexico. Stores include Dillard's, JCPenney's, Sears, Barnes & Noble, Suncoast, Vitamin World, Explicit, and American Eagle to name a few. You can also get some food here if you get hungry.

    Mesilla Valley Mall

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Las Cruces Local Customs

  • How to buy your chile=Red or Green

    Red chile pods are familiar to most people as riestas, that is sun dried whole pods with the skin on. To cook them you have to crush the pods and use the powder. A better local method, which works on green chile also, is to roast the pod until the skin is blackened and then dip it in cold water and take the skin off. Down here in Southern NM in...

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  • Trinity Site Tour

    The Trinity Site is the location where the first atomic bomb was exploded. It is open to the public twice a year. Usually in April and October. Check out the website for more detail.**** This year (2005) it is open an extra day on July 16th because it is the 60th anniversary.

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  • The Saint of Mesilla - San Albino

    The Basilica is named after San Albino, aka St Aubin, who was born in 469 from a noble family in Vannes, Brittany, France. He became an abbot at 35 and then, Bishop of Angers in 529. His grave became a popular pilgrimage destination because of the many miracles which included healing of the sick and restoration of the sight of the blind. San Albino...

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Las Cruces Warnings and Dangers

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    by mhellman Written May 28, 2003

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    "Singularly lacking in charm" is how I would summarize Las Cruces. While it is the second largest city in New Mexico (Albuquerque is #1, Santa Fe is #3), the town has little to attract tourists-- unless you like to eat in the same chain restaurants, stay in the same chain hotels, and shop in the same chain stores as you can find in virtually any US town of its size.

    Note how few comments/tips there are for Las Cruces, even though there are plenty of VT members who either live in Las Cruces or have visited. This should tell you something.

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Las Cruces What to Pack

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    by e7forever Updated Jun 20, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you come to Las Cruces anywhere between May and August, be sure to bring sun screen. The temperatures of the summer months are usually in the 80's and 90's. However it is not uncommon for the temperature to reach 100 and beyond.

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Las Cruces Off The Beaten Path

  • Boyd's Tuberculosis Sanitorium

    These buildings were built around 1910 by a medical doctor named Dr. Nathan Boyd. Dr. Boyd built these buildings for his wife who suffered from tuberculosis. It then became a place for people who also suffered from the disease to seek refuge.Some say that the canyon is filled with spirits of the patients who passed away at the mountainside...

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  • Dripping Springs

    Dripping Springs is located In the Organ Mts. 15 mi E of Las Cruces. It is named for springs that trickle from the rocks. It is a National Recreation trail that leads to the old ruins of Boyd's Sanatorium, Van Patten's Mountain Camp, La Cueva Cave and more.

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  • Van Patten's Mountain Camp

    Major Eugene Van Patten was a former Confederate soldier who served under General Stonewall Jackson. He and his wife settled in Las Cruces in 1872 and Patten began the construction of Van Patten Mountain Camp. It was a resort along the base of the Organ Mountain range. Back then the resort was 2 stories and had 14 rooms, dining and recreational...

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Las Cruces Sports & Outdoors

  • NMSU Aggies

    Watch the NMSU Aggies Basketball Team at the Pan American Center. Many greats have played here including Larry Bird.Seating Capacity: 12, 753

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  • Biking around the town and into the...

    the town is flat and accessible and it has a cute downtown area where one can stroll with a bike. If you are in for a little more effort head towards the mountains, you can not get lost since you can see the mountains from any part of the city a mountain bike or any bike.there are bike rental places in town

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Las Cruces Favorites

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    by DrexelDragon Written Nov 24, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Leaving it.

    Fondest memory: This certainly isn't my fondest memory, and I don't understand why this section has that subheader....anyhow...

    As a general tip:

    This is the kind of town where the police don't have anything better else to do than to bust speeders. Watch out for speed traps on the highway and in Las Cruces. I saw a lot of people pulled over.

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