Las Cruces Flights:

Flights to Las Cruces

image of Las CrucesSituated in the south of the US state of New Mexico is the city of Las Cruces. This is the second largest city in the state and its name is Spanish for ‘the crosses’. Las Cruces has a variety of attractions for visitors including culture and history, and some great scenery nearby.

The Las Cruces International Airport (airport code: LRU) isn’t really an international airport, and only handles local flights to Las Cruces. So plan on arriving at the El Paso International Airport (code: ELP) which is about 50 miles (80km) away. You can get between the airport and Las Cruces via a somewhat limited bus service. British Airways, British Midland, Virgin Atlantic and South African Airways all offer flights to Las Cruces with the same route through London and then Chicago. Continental goes a different way, stopping in Sao Paulo and Houston.

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The Tourist Attractions in Las Cruces:

While there are several destinations in New Mexico that are more famous and more popular than Las Cruces, this mid-sized city should not be overlooked if you want to experience the hospitality and culture of this south western state. For a city of this size there is a good selection of museums, and at different times of the year you’ll find artistic and cultural events being held. Las Cruces is also a good base for visiting some of the other attractions in New Mexico. The White Sands Missile Range for example is just 32 kilometres (20 miles) from the city, or slightly further on is the White Sands National Monument. In the town of Organ you’ll find the Space Murals Museum, while El Paso is around 70 kilometres (45 miles) distant.

Museums in Las Cruces
Museum lovers will find there’s more than enough museums here to keep you occupied for several days at least, ranging from large to small and on an assortment of themes.

The New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum is a family museum great for visiting if you have an interest in ranching and cowboys! This is a working cattle ranch that combines demonstrations with history and makes a nice half day outing.

At the New Mexico State University there’s a museum focusing on archaeology and ethnography with collections on both subjects in addition to some historical and natural science collections and exhibits. For natural history the Las Cruces Museum of Natural History is the place to go, and for art there is the Las Cruces Museum of Fine Arts and Culture. For more culture with an emphasis on local history you should visit the Branigan Cultural Center, or another historical option is the Las Cruces Railroad Museum.

The Organ Mountains
Once you’ve exhausted all the museum possibilities in Las Cruces head out and enjoy the Organ Mountains that sit a little way to the east of the city. This is a great place for enjoying some hiking, or for the more adventurous there’s rock climbing too. Campgrounds make this an alternative place to stay for a night or two.

When Should You Visit?:

Las Cruces has an arid subtropical climate so although there’s rainfall it doesn’t amount to too much. The wettest months are July, August and September when temperatures are warm, averaging with highs between 30 and 34C. Spring is warm, and early autumn is pleasant; even winter is fairly mild here.

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