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Las Cruces Travel Guide: 76 reviews and 202 photos

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Quick Facts:

Established: 1849

Population (Las Cruces Area): approx 90,000

Location: 225 miles south of Albuquerque, NM, 275 miles east of Tucson, AZ and 42 miles west of El Paso, TX.

Weather: 350 days of sunshine a year. Summer month highs of high 90's. Fall highs in the 70's and 80's. Winter highs in the 50's and 60's.

Awards and Recognition:

- One of the Best Place to Retire - Money Magazine, November 2005 & June 2002

- Top 50 Motorcoach Destinations in the United States - National Bus Association, 2004 & 2005

- Best Small Metro Area for Business and Careers - Forbes/Milken Institute, 2002, 2003 & 2004

- Top Destination - Facilities & Desinations Magazine, 2001, 2002 & 2004

- Top 10 Cities for Hispanics to Live - Hispanic Magazine, 2002 & 2003

- Best Place to Live - Family Digest, 2002

- One of America's Top 100 Retirement Towns - Where to Retire Magazine, Fall 2001

How Las Cruces Got It's Name:

There are several stories as to how Las Cruces got its name. Here are a few:

One story says that sometime around the 18th century, a bishop, a priest, a captain, a mexican army colonel, four trappers and four choir boys were attacked near the Rio Grande and only one of them survived. Crosses were set up in thier honor, and the name, El Pueblo del Jardin de Las Cruces (the city of the garden of crosses) evolved.

Another story says that a group of 40 travelers from Taos, NM were killed as they reached Las Cruces.

However some people feel the name is just the Spanish translation for crossing or crossroads.

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  • Gillybob's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2011 at 4:02 AM

    Thanks for the tips. Interesting page. Gillybob greetings

  • Mar 8, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    thanks so much...you have been a big help.

  • traveldave's Profile Photo
    Jun 20, 2005 at 4:18 PM

    You live in a gorgeous part of the country. New Mexico is one of my favorite states, and it would be great to go back someday to see the things I missed during my short visits.


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