Hiking & Historic Attractions

If you are an outdoor enthusiast, the Las Cruces area offers an array of activities for you to enjoy. Southern New Mexico is blessed with a diverse landscape of exceptional beauty. Varied hiking opportunities await the explorer.

The Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park is located near the Dona Ana Mountains and has an easy 1.5 mile loop hike on an established trail at the Nature Park. There are signs along the trail that identify the desert plants. The open character of the landscape allows hiking to most of the peaks in the Mountain range.

Dripping Springs EntranceDripping Springs has a moderately easy 3.5 mile hike from the Visitor Center to a beautiful lush canyon at the base of the massive 1,500 foot high cliffs of Baldy Peak. The oldest ruin in the canyon is the Dripping Springs Resort, which was built in the 1870’s, and later turned into a sanatorium to provide housing and care for tuberculosis patients. Dripping Springs is a day use area only. There is a $3.00 day use fee.

Bar Canyon has an easy 3 mile loop hike into Bar Canyon, also known as Soledad Canyon. This is a loop hike and can be taken from either direction. Enjoy scenic views of the Organ Mountains, the landmark Chimney Rock, or an historic rock homestead.

Achenback Canyon is a moderate 3 mile round trip hike in the upper part of Achenback Canyon. The trail passes by the top of a tall dry waterfall with a dramatic drop off, and has spectacular views of the Mesilla Valley. There are some large outcroppings along the trail that make a good stopping point for a picnic, or a good base from which to explore the surrounding terrain.

Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park is new Mexico’s newest state park and is located  along the western bank of the Rio Grande river, just southwest of Old Mesilla. The heart of the park is 52 acres of old Rio Grande flood plain known as “Old Refuge”. The park’s goals are to educate, restoration, and conservation. Located at 5000 Calle Del Norte, Mesilla, New Mexico.

Leasburg Dam State Park located about 15 miles north of Las Cruces offers bird watching and picnicking, from mid – March through mid – October.  The park also offers fishing, canoeing, and kayaking on the Rio Grande River.

For more information on hiking trails, stop by the front desk to look at our hiking book.

Fort Selden State Monument was home to the legendary western heroes known as Buffalo Soldiers. The monument was built in 1865 by the United States Army to help protect the residents of the Mesilla Valley from desperadoes and the Apache Indians. The fort is located about 15 miles north of Las Cruces on Highway 185.

Veterans Park is located along Roadrunner Parkway and is home to the newly erected Dona Ana County Veteran’s Wall and the Bataan Death March Monument. The walls features the names of the county residents who served in the armed services, and the monument is dedicated to the Heroes Of Bataan, and is the only federally funded monument honoring the victims of the Bataan Death March.