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Old 08-30-2015, 01:46 PM   #1
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Los Cruses, NM Advice?

We are thinking about stopping in Los Cruses for a couple of days on our way to Carlsbad. Has anyone stayed there is it worth a couple of days to visit? Any attractions worth a visit?

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We are thinking about stopping in Los Cruses for a couple of days on our way to Carlsbad. Has anyone stayed there is it worth a couple of days to visit? Any attractions worth a visit?

Also recommendation on campgrounds,

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We stayed at this park a few years ago for a couple nights. Very nice park. We enjoyed Las Cruces very much. If I recall, there was an Old Town area that was real interesting, lots of great restaurants. It's been a while so details escape me but I recall our comments were "we should come back here one day"



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You'll be fairly close for a day trip to White Sands Nat'l Monument although summer is not the best time to visit. If you can leave very early before the heat or plan to be there an hour or so before sunset, it's really a beautiful place. Look online for any ranger short walks for sunset.
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Old 08-30-2015, 03:40 PM   #4
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We have stayed here a couple of times. Its fine for a few days.. there is also a KOA that overlooks the city.. been there a couple of times also
be advised that Siestas waterpressure is over 100lb so be sure to use a regulator.
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The KOA has gravel pads and can be a bit dusty but if you can get a pull in spot that overlooks the city the view is awesome……...

White Sands is a must see but be very careful of the heat this time of year. There was a family tragedy there just a month or so ago.
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I'd definitely recommend Old Town. Lots of fun stuff to see/do/good restaurants. White Sands is a beautiful place, but use caution in the summer, carry water, be safe. If you enjoy hiking, Dripping Springs is a great hike, just east of town up into the Organ Mountains. Lots of history up there as well. And, of course, DW loved the shopping.
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The old town that has been referred to is Old Mesilla. There is a lot of history around the square. The Gadsden Purchase was signed there. Billy the Kid was held in a jail there. Be sure to eat at La Posta. Unique atmosphere and good Mexican food. The building used to be the stage stop for the Butterfield stage that ran into California. Several museums in Las Cruces. Bataan Death march Memorial. There is almost always something going on at the coliseum on NMSU. I was born there in 1945 and left in 1963. I get lost when I go back there now.
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+1 for La Posta.. If you like hot salsa your in the right place
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If you go to Mesilla, stop in at The Spotted Dog Brewery at University Ave and Avenida de Mesilla.

2nd the motion on White Sands. Take plenty of water if you get away from your vehichle this time of year. A couple of French tourists died from the heat and thirst a few weeks ago.

Space port is about 50 miles north on I-10. That's where Virgin Galacic launches their flights. Ft. Selden is at Radium Springs along the way.

Farm and Ranch Museum on the east side of town and there is another area past it at the base of the Organ Mountains. Nice hiking or bike trail.
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Hacienda RV park is great
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White Sands is a nice drive-through park. No need to get out of the car to see it.
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The town of Cloudcroft is worth a visit
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You might have figured it out, but for searches, it is spelled Las Cruces, with an A. Agree with recommendation for White Sands, the Trinity site where first nuke test was nearby, but you can't just go to it; except for 2 days per year they open it for public tour.

El Paso is not far at all, and of course old Mexico is just across border at El Paso, but that is probably not the best choice now.

Hatch NM is just a little north and is where it is known for the NM green chile growing, it is harvest right now and the air is filled with roasting chiles. It smells so good..........
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