Regional Points of Interest
Las Cruces hosts a wealth of arts and cultural resources that provide residents and visitors with unforgettable experiences. Only a fraction are included here to get you started on your next adventures. Check out the Arts & Culture activities, and the Events page. You can find information about local trails by clicking on Bike, Walk and Hike and Parks and Recreation.
Monuments, Parks & Regional Attractions
City of Las Cruces Parks system comprises more than 100 parks of varying size and amenities. The total space of the city’s parks is close to 700 acres. The parks are classified as pocket, public, neighborhood, trails, athletic fields and community. Some parks require permits for use and details can be found at the Parks and Recreation web pages.
Veterans Memorial Park along with Veterans Memorial Wall is host to the Bataan Death March Memorial. The park also has a memorial-walking trail with three memorials for the Korean War, Marine Corps League and the Disabled American Veterans. A new memorial for a Women’s Veterans Monument is underway honoring women veterans from World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict, the Cold War and Middle Eastern conflicts.
Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument comprises almost 500,000 acres surrounding Las Cruces. Our nation’s newest protected area features recreational opportunities like strolling through desert nature trails and the chance to encounter petroglyph and archeological sites.
Fort Selden State Monument is the site of Fort Selden built in 1865 by the United States Army to protect the settlers of the Mesilla Valley from desperados and Apache Indians. The fort was the original home of the Buffalo Soldiers. Annual events include Frontier Days, usually in the spring.
White Sands Missile Range Museum displays a variety of missiles and rockets tested at White Sands. More than 50 items are displayed in a park setting. Admission is free but check details for display availability.
White Sands National Monument comprises some 275 square miles of gypsum known as the white sands of New Mexico.