Las Cruces

Here are some links which give great information about our beautiful city:

Las Cruces Convention and Visitor Center

Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce

organ mountains at sunsetLas Cruces was established in 1849. It is nestled between the banks of the Rio Grande and the mighty Organ Mountains. When Katherine Lee Bates wrote "America the Beautiful" she wrote, "for purple mountain majesties." She must surely have been referring to the Organ Mountains which turn purple in the evenings. It is truly a magnificent sight. Las Cruces is located 225 miles south of Albuquerque and 42 miles west of El Paso Texas. According to the new 2010 census, our population in the city is 97618, while the county population is 200,000.

Las Cruces is home to the main campus of New Mexico State University.  There are many cultural events which take place at NMSU.  The Pan Am center is the host of off-Broadway productions such as Cats and Lord of the Dance.  Some of the country's most well known performers can be seen there as well, such as:  Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, David Copperfield, and Jeff Dunham, just to mention a few.  The Pan Am Center is also home of the NMSU Aggies basketball team.  Aggie Memorial Stadium is a 40,000 seat stadium and home of the NMSU Aggie football and soccer teams. Tickets can be purchased at the Pan Am Center directly or at

The Hershol Zohn Theatre is home of the American Southwest Theatre Company.  The theatre has a 377-seat capacity.  Season tickets can be purchased as well as tickets for individual performances.

The colleges which comprise NMSU are:

College of Arts and Sciences

College of Business

College of Education

College of Engineering

College of Exteneded Learning

College of Health and Social Services

College of Honors


Average Las Cruces Temperatures

  •   Winter 65 degrees
  •   Spring 85 degrees
  •   Summer 95 degrees
  •   Autumn 85 degrees

Average Relative Humidity is 27%
Average Yearly Rainfall is 8"
Average Yearly Snowfall is 2"




Las Cruces Awards and Recognition

  • Number 6 on US News and World Report's 2010 "10 Cities for Real Estate Steals"
  • Number 19 on Sunset Magazine's "20 Best Towns of the Future"
  • One of AARP's 2010 "Best Places to Retire"
  • One of's 2009 most "Playful Cities USA"
  • One of Inc. Magazine's 2007 Boomtowns
  • One of AARP's 2006 "Dream Towns" to retire
  • One of Money Magazine's November 2005 "Best College Towns to Retire"
  • One of American Bus Association's 2004 and 2005 top 50 Motorcoach Destinations In the United States
  • One of Hispanic Magazine's 2002 and 2003 Top 10 Cities for Hispanics to Live
  • Best Small Metro Areas for Business and Careers - Forbes/Milken Institute 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005
  • Family Digest Fall 2002 - Best Place to Live
  • One of the Best Places to Retire - Money Magazine, June 2002
  • Top Destination - Facilities and Destination Magazine 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009
  • One of America's Top 100 Retirement Towns - Where to Retire Magazine, Fall 2001