Las Cruces is located in the verdant Mesilla Valley in southern New Mexico and is the 2nd largest city in the state (larger than Santa Fe). The area has been "home" for humans for at least 4,000 years, and that's no surprise to anyone who has seen Las Cruces. The area offers a vast selection of annual events and attractions, great weather with an average of 350 days of sunshine a year!. View a Las Cruces video tour here View another video about Las Cruces
With a mild high-desert climate and spectacular views of soaring mountains and the Rio Grande Valley, the Las Cruces area was once home to the likes of Geronimo, Billy the Kid and the early Spanish settlers of New Spain. Today, with the influences of New Mexico State University, White Sands Missile Range and the wonderful cultural diversity of a border town, Las Cruces is the ideal place to live, work and raise a family. Las Cruces is one of the best kept secrets of the American Southwest and is rated as a “Best Place to Retire” by several associations and publications.
New Mexico's spectacular landscapes and stunning displays of sunlight have enchanted people for thousands of years. It is believed that pre-historic Paleo-Indians crossed this land as far back as 20,000 years ago. Anasazi tribes created cliff villages roughly 10,000 years ago.
Although the ancient Anasazi communities disappeared by about 1300 A.D., leaving only traces of their civilization behind, they have sparked curiosity ever since. The earliest evidence of a civilization in the area has been dated to about 8,000 B.C. Archeological findings in the Mesilla Valley have been traced to about 200 B.C. continued...
Avid golfers will enjoy the 350 annual days of sunshine at local courses. New Mexico State University offers a public course as does the Sonoma Ranch Golf Course. In addition, the Las Cruces Country Club is a semi-private course open to the public and members, and the Picacho Hills Country Club is available to members only. Read more...
There is always something going on in Las Cruces. From festivals and fiestas to art shows and annual events, Las Cruces offers visitors a way to enjoy our wonderful culture, relaxed atmosphere and of course our 350 days of sunshine a year!
Las Cruces is quickly becoming known as a city of festivals with numerous annual celebrations popping up within each month. The year begins with the yearly-held Wells Fargo Bank Mesilla Valley Balloon Rally and a tour of Lake Lucero at White Sands National Monument. Click here for calendar.
For travel info including area photographs visit the Las Cruces Convention & Visitors Bureau. If you are thinking about expanding or relocating your business visit the MVEDA website.
Want to build a new home here? Here’s a list of top Las Cruces home builders. Click here for local real estate information.