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Places to go around Las Cruces (& Vicinity)

  Place Name   Location

Abiquiu Lake

The Lake is about 61 miles north of Santa Fe. Take Highway 84 and turn left on Highway 96. The Abiquiu Dam is on the left side of the road, while the campground, visitor center and boat ramp are on the right hand side of the road.
  4731 State Highway 96 Abiquiu NM

Aguirre Springs

Take 70 heading past NASA and before White Sands Missile Range. It is on the east slope side of the Organ Mountains.
   Organ NM

Albuquerque Aquarium

Located between the intersection of Central and New York Avenues.
  2601 Central Ave. NW Albuquerque NM

Bottomless Lakes State Park

From Roswell, head east on US 380. Turn right at Bottomless Lake Road or Co Rd 409, take right at Park Service Road, and stay on Park Service Road until reach Lea Lake Campground entrance at the right.
   Roswell NM

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

One can either take US 62/180 from Carlsbad, NM or from El Paso. At the Cavern sign, take Walnut Canyon drive, a seven-mile scenic drive, to reach the parking lot and the visitors' center.
  3225 National Parks Highway Carlsbad NM

Catwalk National Recreation Trail

5 miles from Glenwood, NM, at the end of the NM Highway 174 (Catwalk Road).
   Gila NM

Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Follow US 550 and exit at CR7900. Follow CR7900 all the way to CR7950 to reach the Chaco Canyon visitor center. Visitor be warned, the CR7950 is an over 13 miles of unpaved dirt road with washboard surface. Car shook violently as you drive through it. The 13 miles can turned into more than a hour drive.
  Chaco Canyo Nageezi NM

City of Rocks State Park

Located on Highway 61, halfway between Silver City and Deming, about 4 miles from the intersection of Highways 180 and 61.
   Faywood NM

Dripping Springs Natural Area

Follow Univeristy heading towards to mountain. Continue to a junction with Baylor Canyon Road on the left and Dripping Spring Road on the right. Take the Dripping Spring Road all the way to the parking lot for the visitor center.
   Las Cruces NM

Echo Ampitheater

Follow US highway 84, 17 miles NW of city of Abiquiu, and about 4 mile north of Ghost Ranch. The Ampitheater is on the bottom of the red sandstone cliff.
  Rio Arriba Rio Arriba NM

El Paso Zoo

  4001 E. Paisano El Paso TX

El Vado Lake State Park

Take I-25 towards Santa Fe. Take US-285 N/US-84 N exit 282 to Santa Fe Plaza. Follow St. Francis Drive all the way through Santa Fe and it will eventually turn into US-285 N/US-84 N. Continue about 60 miles until you reach the town of Tierra Amarilla. Take NM 112. It will take you all the way down to El Vado Lake State Park.
   El Vado NM

Elephant Butte State Park

From I-25, take Exit 83 and follow the road to the State Park entrance.
   Elephant Butte NM

Faywood Hot Springs

Faywood is reopen to the public. Faywood Hot Springs is located in southwestern New Mexico, on Highway 61, halfway between Silver City and Deming, next to the City of Rocks State Park, about 2 miles from the intersection of Highways 180 and 61.
  165 Highway 61 Faywood NM

Ghost Ranch Education Center & Convention Center

Located on the Highway 84, west of Abiquiu, NM.
   Abiquiu NM

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

  Gila Wilderness Silver City NM

Insight El Paso Museum

  505 N. Santa Fe El Paso TX

Kilbourne Hole

Take I-10 and take Vado Exit. Follow NM 227 west for 3 miles, after Vado Elementary School, turn left on Holguin. The road curves right and crosses the railroad. After passing an intersection, it becomes NM 189. Take a left on NM 28 South. About two miles later turn right to Afton Road or Dona Ana County Road (CR) B008 west. Go about 11 miles, passing the El Paso Natural Gas Afton Station. The road will turn into a dirt road. There will be a farm on the right, turn left here to Dona Ana CR B004 south for 6 and half miles. At the railroad crossing, turn left and follow the road to cross the railroad track. Turn east (left) on CR A017 and follow it for 7 miles. Turn right to CR A011 and proceed 8 miles to Kilbourne Hole. Kilbourne Hole should appear on the right like a giant sand dune. A013 circles around the foot of Kilbourne’s Hole.
  near Santa Theresa  NM

Lake Roberts

From Silver City, follow NM 90 all the way until it forked. One direction is to Gila Cliff Dwellings, the other is to Lake Roberts. Take NM 35 and the lake is on the right hand side.
  Gila National Forest Silver City NM

Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park

From I10, take the Avenida de Mesilla Exit (Exit 140) to Calle del Norte. Turn right and continue 1.9 miles west. After cross the bridge over the Rio Grande, find the park entrance on the left.
   Mesilla NM

New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

  1801 Mountain Road NW Albuquerque NM

Riberbend Hot Sping

From I-25, take the Exit 75 toward Truth or Consequences, follow the main street into Broadway, then to Riverside Dr. At Austin Ave, turn right, go all the way til the end of road. Riverbend Hot Spring is on the right side of the road.
  100 Austin St Truth or Consequence NM

Rio Grande Botanic Garden

The Botanic Garden is located at the intersection of Central and New York Avenue.
  2601 Central Avenue Northwest Albuquerque NM

Rio Grande Zoo

The main entrance is rather hard to see. It is hidding behind a school tennis court. Once the visitor look pass the tennis court, one can arrive there easily.
  903 Tenth Street SW Albuquerque NM

Sandia Tramway

Once in Albuquerque, follow I-25 to the other side of the city. Take Exit 234 Tramway Road. Follow the Tramway arrive at the Sandia Peak Tramway parking lot.
   Albuquerque NM

The Lodge Resort & Spa

Take Hwy 70 North to Alamogordo. Drive North through Alamogordo or take the Alamogordo by-pass. Take Hwy 82 East to Cloudcroft.
  601 Corona Place Cloudcroft NM

Three River Petroglyph State Park

It is located on U.S. Highway 54, about 17 miles north of Tularosa and 30 miles south of Carrizozo.
   Three Rivers NM

Three Rivers State Park

It is located on U.S. Highway 54, about 17 miles north of Tularosa and 30 miles south of Carrizozo.
   Three Rivers NM


Take US-70E toward Alamgordo. Once arrived Alamgordo, take tje US-82 toward the mountain. Drive about 16 miles, then take right at NM-6563 toward Timberon. Drive about 13 miles then turn left at CR-C0001/Sacramento River Rod. The road will take you all the way down to Timberon.
   Timberon NM

Trinity Site

   White Sands Missile Range NM

UFO Museum at Roswell

Follow US-380 into the city of Roswell, then turn right at N Main Street. The UFO Museum is located on the right side of the street. The visitor can park either along the curve or in the parking lot around the corner.
  114 North Main Street Roswell NM

White Sands Missile Range Museum

From Highway 70, take the White Sands Missile Range exit (between markers 169 and 170). Follow the Owen Road to the entrance of White Sands Missile Range. Visitors don't have military decals on their cars must stop here to sign in. Once inside of WSMR, the Museum is located at the left side of the main gate.
  White Sands Missile Range WSMR NM

White Sands National Monument

Located on Highway 70 in between Alamogordo and Las Cruces.
   White Sands NM


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