Area Attractions Beyond the Park
New things to see and do every day
Las Cruces offers excitement for active folks every day of the year. Whether you are walking, driving, or riding your bike, just go! Here are just a few of the wonderful adventures in Las Cruces!
Old Mesilla Village
See picturesque adobe buildings, souvenir shops, the old San Albino Church, Agave Artists Gallery, museums, restaurants, and the final resting place of outlaw Billy the Kid.
Gila Cliff Dwellings
Tour the ancient cliff homes of the Mogollon Pueblo people who were living in the Gila National Forest more than 750 years ago, hunting, planting vegetables, and making pottery.
New Mexico is home to many boom towns that went bust nearly a century ago when the gold and silver mines were worked out. Five fascinating old ghost towns are close to Las Cruces.
NMSU Golf Course
Highly rated, the New Mexico State University Golf Course is an 18–hole golf course within the campus of New Mexico State University and is open to the public. Lessons from PGA professionals, pro shop, driving range, and the Players Grill.
Farmers & Crafts Market of Las Cruces
Celebrating its 50th year, the Farmers & Crafts Markets of Las Cruces features hundreds of vendors selling locally made food, crafts, and produce. Leashed pets are welcome! Get your veggies, including locally grown peppers. Everybody loves it!
NMSU Aquatic Center
The Aquatic Center houses an indoor 6 lane, 25 yard pool and outdoor 50 meter, Olympic sized pool. Open Monday – Saturday.
White Sands National Park
Hike or bike the glistening dunes of White Sands National Park – it’s like no other place on Earth. See the plants and animals that live among the silent and mysterious dunes.
Organ Mountains National Monument
The Organ Mountains are a steep, angular mountain range with rocky spires that jut majestically above Las Cruces, providing opportunities for photography, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, camping, and wildlife viewing. Hike the trails and take pictures.
Warm, casual spot offering hearty bistro foods along with patio seating, live music, local wines & craft beers.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino
More than 700 slots, video poker machines, and electronic table games, plus simulcast racing from around the world and live horse races at Sunland Downs, December – April. Players Club, live entertainment, and dining.
Home of the World’s Richest Quarter Horse Race with live racing, May – September, plus special events, Jockey Club, restaurants, casino tournaments, horse sales, and festivals all summer long.
New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum
For at least 4,000 years, people have been growing food in this region and the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum tells the incredible tale through interactive exhibits, demonstrations, oral histories. Visit the Museum that weaves the stories of ingenuity, survival, and many cultures together.