About Las Cruces

Nestled in the heart of the Mesilla Valley, Las Cruces is the hub of southern New Mexico. Where I – 25 meets I – 10, you will find history, culture, renaissance, leisure & southwestern hospitality. Las Cruces is app. 3900 feet in elevation and has warm & dry weather regardless of the time of year. In the winter our day time temperatures are in the upper 50″s or lower 60’s. By February, the temperatures are averaging about 65 degrees during the day. Summertime temperatures are in the upper 90’s, but with little humidity, the heat is not uncomfortable.

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Las Cruces is the second largest city in New Mexico, larger than Sante Fe, and offers museums, wonderful southwestern dining, historical sites, great golf courses, bird watching, hiking, and theater. There are many theories on how Las Cruces was named. One theory is that sometime during the 18th century, a bishop, a priest, a Mexican colonel, and a captain, four trappers, and four choir boys were attacked near the Rio Grande , and only one boy survived. Crosses were erected in their honor and the name El Pueblo del Jardin de Las Cruces (the city of the garden of crosses) evolved. No one know exactly how Las Cruces was selected as the name, but historians believe it was derived from the Spanish translation for  “the crosses”.

Las Cruces was was voted one of the best place to retire by AARP, Money Magazine, and Where To Retire magazine.

Based on a survey of National Motorcoach Network, motorcoach charter, and tour operators, Las Cruces was voted one of the top 50 motorcoach destinations of the past 25 years.

Whether you are taking in a balloon rally, cultural fiesta, or just relaxing and enjoying the southwestern climate, you will be made to feel welcome. In addition, you are only a short drive away from winter snow skiing, boating, fishing, casinos, and horse racing.