Las Cruces, New Mexico

Old Mesilla in Las Cruces photo
Church in Old Mesilla Old Town in Las Cruces

Las Cruces, New Mexico

The City of Crosses

New Mexico’s third largest city blends a university feel with old Mexican charm. Las Cruces thrums with the rhythms of Mariachi music and the smoky heat of green chile (much of New Mexico’s famous crop come from the nearby Hatch Valley). Old West ranching history, flavored with Mexican heritage, can be found in the city’s museums and historic plaza.

Organ Mountains in Las Cruces

Las Cruces Weather

Las Cruces is known for its mild, dry climate and four moderately distinct, beautiful seasons. With more than 350 days of sunshine, Las Cruces is perfect for outdoor activities or exploring cultural gems year-round. Our average annual rainfall is about 9 inches, mostly during the late afternoon storms during monsoon season (July and August). Winters are sunny and comparatively mild, with an average daytime temperature of 57 degrees. High altitude, low humidity and lots of sunshine mean visitors need to drink lots of water and use sunblock for protection.



  • Historic Old Mesilla Plaza - Over 40 shops featuring traditional and contemporary arts and crafts from the southwest, Mexico and Central America
  • Mesilla Valley Mall - The largest shopping mall in southern New Mexico offering a selection of stores
  • Arroyo Plaza - Features over 35 retail and specialty shops
  • The Mercado de Mesilla - Old Mesilla offers a range of shopping opportunities
  • Las Cruces Farmers & Crafts Market - Local merchants sell fresh fruits and vegetables, southwestern arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing, photography and more. Every Wednesday and Saturday morning
  • The Outlet Shoppes at El Paso - experience open-air outlet center featuring  85 stores

Chile Fields


  • Cinco de Mayo - An annual celebration held in the historic Mesilla Valley square inspired by the Mexican victory at the battle of Puebla
  • Southern New Mexico Wine Festival - Discover wines from around the state, enjoy live music and shop for unique arts and crafts over Memorial Day Weekend
  • Hatch Chile Festival - A two-day celebration over Labor Day weekend of the world-famous chile harvest in southern New Mexico
  • Southern New Mexico State Fair Rodeo - Experience southern New Mexico’s largest state fair and rodeo each fall
  • Annual International Mariachi Conference - Mariachi music fills the air each fall during this 5-day festival and performance showcase celebrating the cultural and visual arts
  • Country Music Festival - Three days of heritage and up-and-coming country acts straight from Nashville
  • Renaissance ArtsFaire - Experience this showcase of local and regional artists, crafts and entertainers and culinary delights
White Sands National Monument
White Sands National Monument