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As you can see there are tons of things to do in Las Cruces, but if you feel the itch to get outta town for the day or maybe the weekend, here are some nearby ideas: This list will be growing so check back when you get a chance.

Aguirre Spring Campground

 

Aguirre Spring Campground

The Aguirre Spring Campground is located on the East side of Organ Mountains. From the I - 25/U.S. 70 interchange, go east on U.S. 70 for 14 miles, then turn South on Aguirre Spring Road and go six miles. The road ends at the campground.

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Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

 

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

Located between Socorro, NM and Truth or Consequences, NM. Bosque del Apache is Spanish for "Woods of the Apache," and is rooted in the time when the Spanish observed Apaches routinely camped in the riverside forest. Since then the name has come to mean one of the most spectacular National Wildlife Refuges in North America. Here, tens of thousands of birds--including sandhill cranes, Arctic geese, and many kinds of ducks--gather each autumn and stay through the winter. Feeding snow geese erupt in explosions of wings when frightened by a stalking coyote, and at dusk, flight after flight of geese and cranes return to roost in the marshes.

M-F 7:30-4:00 PM
Weekends: 8:00 - 4:30 PM
Tour Loop: Daily, One hour before sunrise - One hour after sunset.
(575) 835-1828
www.fws.gov

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

 

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Really worth a visit. Great daytrip, located in Carlsbad, NM, about 214 miles from Las Cruces.

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Catwalk National Recreation Trail

 

Catwalk National Recreation Trail

About 172 miles from Las Cruces in Glenwood, NM. Nice day of hiking along the San Francisco River, fun bridges to cross and the trail is well maintained.

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City of Rocks State Park

 

City of Rocks State Park

Located between Deming, NM and Silver City, NM. Imagine playing hide-n-seek here!

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Cloudcroft, NM

 

Cloudcroft

Nice little mountain community. Shopping, dining, lodging and taking in the fresh mountain air. Up in the mountains outside of Alamogordo, NM.

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Dripping Springs trail

 

Dripping Springs

Just a few miles Southeast of Las Cruces, behind "A" mountain. Well maintained trails and interesting rock formations as well as "dripping springs," especially in the rainy season.

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Elephant Butte State Park

 

Elephant Butte State Park

Large man-made lake right outside of Truth or Consequences, NM. Fishing, water skiing, swimming, boating and camping are just some of the fun things to do at this lake.

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Fort Selden State Park

 

Fort Selden State Park

Interesting ruins of the old fort and a nice museum filled with war relics. Cooking demonstrations on Saturdays, 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM. $3.00 per person. Talks on what life was like at the fort on the second Saturday of the month. 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM. $3.00 per person.

13 miles North of Las Cruces, I-25, exit 19
(575) 526-8911
www.nmmonuments.org

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Fort Stanton State Monument

 

Fort Stanton State Monument

Fort Stanton Monument is open to visitors year round, every day. Tour the grounds or check out the museum. About 10 miles from Lincoln, NM.

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Gila Cliff Dwellings

 

Gila Cliff Dwellings

Explore the natural caves of Cliff Dweller Canyon and the village built by ancestors of the Puebloan people who lived in the Mogollon area over 700 years ago. About two hours from Silver City, NM.

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Hondo Iris Farm

 

Hondo Iris Farm

Bring a picnic lunch, sit in the garden, listen to the birds or photograph the flowers. Near Ruidoso, NM.

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Hubbard Museum of the American West

 

Hubbard Museum of the American West

You can not only experience the West, but actually participate as you pass through various portals of time encompassing three area cultures – Native American, Hispanic and Pioneer. It is a living, exciting experience that has something for everyone. Located in Ruidoso Downs, NM.

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Lincoln State Monument

 

Lincoln State Monument

Visitors can see the Old Lincoln County Courthouse with museum exhibits that recount the details of the Lincoln County War and the historic use of the "House" as store, residence, Masonic Lodge, courthouse, and jail. Walk in the footsteps of Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, and other famous and infamous characters of the Wild West. Located in Lincoln, NM.

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Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park

 

Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park

Only two miles from Carlsbad, NM. Lots of desert dwelling creatures and plants.

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Mogollon, NM

 

Mogollon

A former mining town located in the Mogollon Mountains in Catron County, NM. Just east of Glenwood and Alma. Founded in the 1880s at the bottom of Silver Creek Canyon to support the gold and silver mines in the surrounding mountains.

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New Mexico Museum of Space History

 

New Mexico Museum of Space History

Contains exhibitions ranging from Robert Goddard's early rocket experiments near Roswell to a mock-up of the International Space Station. Located in Alamogordo, NM.

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Hurd La Rinconada Gallery

 

Hurd La Rinconada Gallery

Located in San Patricio, NM. Originals and prints from the Wyeth and Hurd artists.

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Rock Hound State Park

 

Rock Hound State Park

About 11 miles from Deming, NM. The park has a nice campground, with good facilities, spacious sites and wonderful views of the flat desert land to the west. Visitors are encouraged to prospect and remove specimens, subject only to a 15 pound weight limit, unlike most national and state parks where removing natural objects is forbidden.

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Roswell International UFO Museum

 

Roswell International UFO Museum

The Roswell UFO Museum has a mission of educating the general public on all aspects of the UFO phenomena. The museum maintains its position as the serious side of the UFO phenomena. Located in downtown Roswell, NM.

1-800-822-3545

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Ruidoso

 

Ruidoso

Lots of things to do in this little mountain town, Skiing, shopping, dining and more. Visit their website at: www.ruidoso.net

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Shakespeare Ghost Town

 

Shakespeare Ghost Town

Walk the streets trod by Billy The Kid, John Ringo, Curley Bill, Russian Bill, The Clantons, Jim Hughes and Sandy King and hear stories of the West as it really was. Located right outside Lordsburg, NM.

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Smokey Bear State Park & Museum

 

Smokey Bear State Park & Museum

Located in Capitan, NM., the park and museum pay tribute to the courageous little bear "Smokey" who became the nation's symbol for preventing forest fires.

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Sunland Park Race Track

 

Sunland Park Race Track

Enjoy a day at the horse races. Less than an hour from Las Cruces.

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Sunspot National Solar Observatory

 

Sunspot National Solar Observatory

The observatory is in the Lincoln National Forest, near Cloudcroft, New Mexico.

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Three Rivers Petroglyph Park

 

Three Rivers Petroglyph Park

Hiking/back-packing, camping, picnicking, interesting petroglyphs. Located 17 miles north of Tularosa, NM, and 28 miles south of Carrizozo, NM.

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Yucca at White Sands National Monument

 

White Sands National Monument

White Sands National Monument
45 miles east on Highway 70
(575) 679-2599, ext. 236
(575) 479-6124
www.nps.gov/whsa

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White Sands Missile Range Museum

 

White Sands Missile Range Museum

The Museum is open year-round. Free admission. Weekdays 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturday. Closed Sundays and Holidays.

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Very Large Array

 

Very Large Array

The Very Large Array, one of the world's premier astronomical radio observatories, consists of 27 radio antennas in a Y-shaped configuration on the Plains of San Agustin, fifty miles west of Socorro, New Mexico.

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