LAS CRUCES
ANNUAL DAYS OF SUNSHINE350
VOTED BY FORBESTOP PLACE TO RETIRE
ELEVATION3,900 FEET
Home of New Mexico State, Las Cruces is a city that prides itself on its arts, culture, sports and just general all-around welcoming vibe. With a unique historic downtown relegated to six blocks closed off to all but pedestrian traffic, the city really is about creating unique experiences and offering visitors here plenty to see and do.
For tourists who like to spend their time outdoors, Las Cruces’ location makes it the ideal getaway for hiking through the Dona Ana Mountains, exploring the various springs in the area, and cycling along the roads and trail ways of the Mesilla Valley.
  • FOOD

    Known as the green chile capital of the southwest, Las Cruces cuisine tends to be hot and spicy. Visitors can do the “walk of flame” along the green chile trail and taste numerous pepper inspired dishes and drinks designed to perk up those taste buds.

  • GHOST TOWNS

    Las Cruces serves as a great home base for those who want to explore the “ghost towns” of New Mexico. Opera houses, saloons, ranch homes and general stores dot the landscapes of some of these historic locales. From Hillsboro to Chloride, these make for great day trips.

  • THE UNIVERSITY

    At the Heart of Las Cruces is of course New Mexico State. NMSU is a research institution with a prestigious history. The Aggies have 17 NCAA teams and are especially known for their football. In 2017 they won the Arizona Bowl.

THE WEATHER
  • Winters are mild and dry. December is the coldest month but the highs are typically near 60 degrees.

  • Spring can be a good time to visit, but make sure to plan around graduation weekend. April highs push towards 80 degrees.

  • The summer days regularly reach the mid-90s with very little break from the sun (even though it is technically the rainy season).

  • New Mexico is generally considered best to visit in the fall, and Las Cruces is no exception. October averages highs nearly 80 degrees with lots of sunshine.