Destination guide

Crack out the sombrero in Las Cruces

With the Organ Mountains standing like a great mass of rock-ribbed stone on the horizon, Las Cruces continues to tick over to the scents of sizzling Tex-Mex and the occasional lazy sounds of Mexican mariachi. This is rancher country, home to dust-blown cattle houses and crooked adobe homes, all of which are balanced out by the palm-peppered blocks of central Las Cruces itself. Adventurers and family visitors will love the range of Las Cruces vacation rentals on the edge of quaint Mesilla, which means doorstep access to the rugged peaks and rustic farmsteads in New Mexico's wilder side.

Things to do

Ranches and rugged peaks around Las Cruces

Las Cruces vacation rentals place you in the heart of New Mexico's cowboy country. Check out the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum if you're eager to get in the saddle and tour crooked barns. And there's still the real thing too, hiding out in the peaks of the Organ Mountains in the form of Old Mesilla Village, where time seems to have stood still for centuries between the adobe galleries and rancher saloons. Be sure to add in a trip to the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument for volcanic cones and ancient petroglyphs.


Discover your inner cowboy in Las Cruces

It's just a short rodeo hop from the door of those Las Cruces vacation rentals to the rugged hills and dusty plateaus of the Organ Mountains. It's there that you can wonder at the cacti-spotted wilds of New Mexico, and discover abandoned frontier towns hiding below sombrero-shaped peaks. Back in Las Cruces itself and the activities revolve around the historic scenes of Main Street – think saloons and neon-lit adobe theatre houses. And if the taste buds are a-tingling, then wait for the Enchilada Festival of September, or the weekly farmer's markets, which both promise and overload of jalapeno and spice.


Fall time is festival season in Las Cruces

While hot and rainless days tend to be the norm in this southern corner of the United States, you can look forward to the most pleasant conditions for hitting the Organ Mountains and local ranches when it's fall, between September and November. In fact, the weather is so good at this time of year that locals have made it the festival season, with everything from Mexican food fares to Day of the Dead parades erupting on the streets.

Natural features

Mountains and deserts in Las Cruces

Las Cruces is hemmed in to the north and east by some truly dramatic mountains. On the one side are the Dona Ana, rising and falling in scrub-dressed ridges until the flatlands of the Chihuahuan Desert take over. To the east are the peaks that really define this city, coming in the form of the spear-like Organ Mountains. It's between those dagger-shaped spires that you'll find the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. There, the sheer-cut faces are a rock climbing mecca, while sections of the iconic Rio Grande Trail weave past the volcanic plugs and cacti packs.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Las Cruces

Fly into Alamogordo, NM (ALM-White Sands Regional), the closest airport, located 50.1 mi (80.7 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into El Paso, TX (ELP-El Paso Intl.), which is 54.8 mi (88.2 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Las Cruces?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 112 vacation rentals near Las Cruces. From 70 Houses to 30 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Las Cruces for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Las Cruces?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Las Cruces. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • New Mexico State University: 112 vacation rentals
  • White Sands Missile Range: 98 vacation rentals
  • New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum: 112 vacation rentals
  • Mesilla Valley Mall: 112 vacation rentals
  • Las Cruces Museum of Art: 112 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Las Cruces listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Las Cruces?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 70 Houses in Las Cruces. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Las Cruces include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 30 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 4 rentals available
  • Studios: 11 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Guest houses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Las Cruces?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 33 vacation rentals with pool available in Las Cruces. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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