The Best Things To Do In Las Cruces
Organ Mountains: A great place to go for a hike, have a picnic or rock climb. They have lots of hiking trails ranging from relatively flat to a pretty intense hike. They also have lots of different climbing pitches starting at around 5.7.
Rafting in the Rio: If you have your own kayak or floatie (and understand river safety) you can do a rafting trip down the Rio. It was one of my favorite things I did in Las Cruces for sure.
Giant Road Runner and Giant Red Chile: I love New Mexico’s quirky roadside attractions, they are so wonderfully random. Las Cruces has two that are definitely worth finding. The first is a Giant Road Runner with a pretty solid view of the city. And the other is the largest reg chile I’ve ever seen. Keep being weird New Mexico!
Wine Festival: Las Cruces throws a solid wine festival every year. Definitely worth going to check out some local (mostly sweet) wines.
The Best Places To Get A Drink In Las Cruces
The Pot Coffee House: Coffee is a drink so we are starting this list with a coffee shop. This is my favorite coffee shop in Las Cruces because of their proper sized drinks that focus on quality over sugar.
Spotted Dog Brewery: I’m not a huge beer drinker but they have a solid selection with some tasty pub type foods that you can enjoy on their patio.
St. Claire Winery: I was very surprised by this winery because not only is it elegant but they also have some good dry red wines (a rarity in New Mexico). Worth the visit regardless of your wine preferences.
The Best Places To Eat In Las Cruces
I didn’t have a ton of luck with food in Las Cruces however there are some fun quirky places definitely worth checking out.
Aqua Reef: This is a pretty average sushi restaurant (which is a pretty positive review for a landlocked state) but their green chile sushi is very New Mexican and worth trying (to read more about weird green chile foods check out THIS POST).
Chocolate Lady: A fun and very beloved chocolate shop that will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth.
El Sombrero: I once spent an entire day in search of the best sopapillas in Las Cruces. My quest led me to the sopapilla bites at El Sombrero. A fun twist on the sopapilla these bites come in a variety of flavors with corresponding dipping sauces. Definitely worth trying.
Do you have other favorite places in Las Cruces, New Mexico that I missed? Let me know in the comments section!