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Las Cruces

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Historic Sites · Parks · Natural History Museums
Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. As of the 2010 census the population was 97,618, and in 2015 the estimated population was 101,643, making it the second largest city in the state, after Albuquerque. Las Cruces is the largest city in both Doña Ana County and southern New Mexico. The Las Cruces metropolitan area had an estimated population of 213,676 in 2014. It is the principal city of a metropolitan statistical area which encompasses all of Doña Ana County and is part of the larger El Paso–Las Cruces combined statistical area.Las Cruces is the economic and geographic center of the Mesilla Valley, the agricultural region on the floodplain of the Rio Grande which extends from Hatch to the west side of El Paso, Texas. Las Cruces is the home of New Mexico State University (NMSU), New Mexico's only land-grant university. The city's major employer is the federal government on nearby White Sands Test Facility and White Sands Missile Range. The Organ Mountains, 10mi to the east, are dominant in the city's landscape, along with the Doña Ana Mountains, Robledo Mountains, and Picacho Peak. Las Cruces lies south of Albuquerque, northwest of El Paso, Texas and north of the Mexican border at Santa Teresa.
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Popular things to do in Las Cruces

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Historic Site
Old Mesilla Village
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
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Park
Dripping Springs Natural Area
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Natural History Museum
New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Flea Market
Farmers & Crafts Market of Las Cruces
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min

Side trips from Las Cruces

Geologic Formation
White Sands National Monument New Mexico
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Hot Spring
Riverbend Hot Springs Truth or Consequences
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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History Museum
Deming Luna Mimbres Museum Deming
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
New Mexico Museum of Space History Alamogordo
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Las Cruces

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Specialty Museum
The Zuhl Museum
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Religious Site
San Albino Church
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Canyon
Soledad Canyon Day Use Area
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Las Cruces

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Natural History Museum
Museum of Nature & Science
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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History Museum
Las Cruces Railroad Museum
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
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History Museum
Las Cruces Museum of Fine Arts and Culture
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
Natural History Museum
Gadsden Museum Mesilla
3.1
Duration: 2 hours

Nature in Las Cruces

State Park
Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park Mesilla
4.1
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Mountain
Tortugas Mountain Recreation Area
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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State Park
Leasburg Dam State Park
3.9
Duration: 2 hours

Golf in Las Cruces

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Golf Course
Sonoma Ranch Golf Course
4.1
Duration: 4 hours
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Golf Course
Red Hawk Golf Club
3.7
Duration: 4 hours
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Golf Course
New Mexico State University Golf Course
3.8
Duration: 2 hours

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