Unlike the much bigger Albuquerque city up north, Las Cruces New Mexico down south is less crowded. Also, when in Las Cruces, you get this friendlier feeling each time you visit a cafe or a restaurant. With mild winters, you can do so many outdoor things in Las Cruces practically all year round. Most importantly, its strategic location makes it easy to travel to smaller towns like Silver City, Deming, Ruidoso, Cloudcroft, and even to El Paso, Texas.

The city of Las Cruces is also in proximity with a number of beautiful attractions around the area.

Are you thinking of moving to or visiting Las Cruces?

Here are 11 things you can see or do around or in Las Cruces.

1. All White at the White Sands National Monument.

There is nothing like seeing the vast glistening white sands in all its natural wonders.
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2. Missile displays at the White Sands Missile Range Museum and Park.

See a wide range of missile and rocket displays at the park.
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3. Visit the four Smithsonian-Affiliated Museums.

The Branigan Cultural Center, the Museum of Art, the Museum of Nature and Science and the Railroad Museum are the four Smithsonian-affiliated museums in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
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4. Annual Renaissance Arts Faire.

One of the biggest Arts Faire in the State is the Renaissance Arts Faire. This is usually held in November.
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5. Nature at its best at the Dripping Springs Natural Area.

There is a 6-mile trail that will lead you to interesting historical structures and dripping waters at the mountain top.
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6. New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.

Aside from the gallery exhibits and artifacts to enjoy, the museum has so much things to offer both for the young and old.
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7. One-of-a-kind Zuhl Museum at New Mexico State University.

This is the home of the Zuhl Collection that contains over 1,800 beautiful specimens of petrified wood, fossils and minerals.
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8. A 10-minute drive to Mesilla, New Mexico.

The old historic town is just less than 10-minute drive from Las Cruces.
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9. Stop by the Giant Roadrunner Sculpture.

This is roadrunner monument made from recycled materials that stand along I-10.
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10. Las Cruces Farmers Market and Crafts.

A gathering of local farmers selling their produce and artists selling their fine arts.
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11. The best coffees are in town.

Las Cruces has quite a number of best coffee shops to choose from.
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