The City of CrossesNew 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 many Las Cruces attractions, museums, and in the historic plaza.
LAS CRUCES WEATHERLas 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.
LAS CRUCES TOURISM AND SHOPPING
- Historic Old Mesilla Plaza - Over 40 shops featuring traditional and contemporary arts and crafts
- Mesilla Valley Mall - The largest shopping mall in southern New Mexico
- Arroyo Plaza - Features over 35 retail and specialty shops
- 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
LAS CRUCES ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES
- White Sands National Monument - The largest gypsum dune field in the world covering a vast space of 275 square miles
- Rio Grande Theatre – Historic theatre featuring music, dance, plays, and musicals
- Las Cruces Community Theatre – Quality live theatre for the community and by the community
- University Golf Course - 18-hole championship golf course open to the public year round
- Mesilla Valley Bosque - See hundreds of species of migratory birds