Las Cruces, NM, USA

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Las Cruces, NM, USA

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.