…You buy green chile by the bushel and red chile by the gallon. -Things New Mexicans Know to be True
As I prepared for my two-week April adventure that began in my favorite city of my home state of New Mexico, I couldn’t help but reminisce about previous trips to Las Cruces. Most of them have been after I moved to DC and for work but a few have been for personal reasons that were very brief. This is more of a bullet post of my favorite places in Las Cruces, in no particular order.
Places to eat:
- Andeles – Best green chile chicken enchiladas for the best price. They also have sopapillas for dessert.
- La Posta – Margaritas & green chile burgers for lunch or dinner. The entrance is also home to parrots.
- Cafe A Go-Go – This place has the best green chile burgers & green chile wontons as your starter.
- Lotaburger – It’s a New Mexican thing.
- Southwest Grill – Breakfast burritos and your one stop shop for any beverage since every location is in a Pic Quick (gas station).
- NMSU Bookstore – Go Aggies! Everything from apparel to game day stuff. They even have a snack bar and coffee shop.
- Old Mesilla – Traditional old town with New Mexican decor, food, and gifts.
Things to Do:
- Eat – See above. It’s an activity for my state.
- NMSU – games, concerts, activities. Check the Pan-American Centers website for events and the NMSU sports website for games. The reason for this trip was to see Garth Brooks live at the NMSU Pan-American Center.
- White Sands – about 40 minutes outside of Las Cruces, for a small fee, an entire car gets into this national monument. Don’t forget to pick up a sled, sunscreen, and water. There’s some hiking trails, wildlife spotting, sledding, and you’ll see some amazing views.
- Old Mesilla – Small but quiet for a place to hang out, shop, and eat. There are several other restaurants (other than Andeles and La Posta). They include Andeles Dog House, Double Eagle, and El Patio Bar.
- The Recycled Roadrunner – As you head into Las Cruces from the West, there’s a rest stop that showcases the recycled roadrunner. Great views of the Las Cruces Vally and Organ Mountains. This trip was my first time visiting the roadrunner. Same for BB-8.
- Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks – Another national monument with great hiking trails and other attractions, this monument is actually three parts that surround the city of Las Cruces. Check out the Monument on the Bureau of Land Managements website to plan your day.
Las Cruces is my favorite city to visit back home. I had some great times as a college student and even better now that I return as an alum.
Until the next adventure or the remembrance of one,