Day Trips

Day Trips from Las Cruces:

We invite you to take advantage of all our area has to offer by checking out the attractions and see for yourself how much there is to do in Southern New Mexico..

Elephant Butte State Park & Caballo Reservoir – 60 miles north of Las Cruces on I-25. Provide year round water recreation activities including boating, fishing & bird watching.

Bosque Del Apache Bird Refuge – 100 miles north of Las Cruces. Established as a National Wildlife Refuge in 1939, the Bosque provides a refuge & breeding ground for migratory birds & other wildlife.

The Gila National Forest – 150 miles northwest of Las Cruces via I-10West to NM180 North

Rock Hound State Park & City of Rocks State Park – These parks offer miles & miles of beautiful landscapes of rocks & boulders.

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino – 40 miles south of Las Cruces. Sunland Park Racetrack offers quarter horse racing & thoroughbred racing December through May. The Casino offers 300 gaming machines and is open year-round.

El Paso – 45 miles southeast of Las Cruces. Enjoy such attractions as a zoo, minor league baseball team and professional hockey & soccer teams, Ft. Bliss Museum, shopping & great restaurants.

White Sands – 50 miles east of Las Cruces on Highway 70. Visitors can picnic, “surf” the dunes, or take a nice stroll through a portion of the 275 square mile national park.

New Mexico Museum of Space History – 65 miles east of Las Cruces. International Space Hall of Fame.

Ruidoso – approximately 100 miles northeast of Las Cruces. Beautiful mountain village offering snow skiing, theater, Ruidoso Downs Racetrack, shopping & restaurants.

Cloudcroft – app. 86  miles northeast of Las Cruces. Quaint mountain village with shopping, dining, and sightseeing. Snowmobiling, cross country skiing in the winter months.