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Public Schools 
Las Cruces Public Schools
Administration Building 
505 S. Main St., Ste. 249 
(575) 527-5800

Public Charter Schools
Alma d’arte Charter High School
402 W. Court Ave. 

Explore Academy
900 N. Telshor Blvd. 
(575) 888-4476

J. Paul Taylor Academy
402 W. Court Ave., Bldg. 2
(575) 652-4006 

La Academia Dolores Huerta 
400 Bell Ave.
(575) 526-2984

Las Montañas Charter High School
1405 S. Solano Drive
(575) 527-5916 

New America School 
207 S. Main St. 

Raices del Saber
2211 N. Valley Drive
(575) 571-2177

Private Schools
Acton Academy
1730 Tierra de Mesilla
(575) 449-4796

Cornerstone Christian Academy
5301 Cortez Drive
(575) 532-0902

Desert Springs Christian Academy
210 S. Nevarez St.
(575) 571-7709

Las Cruces Academy 
1755 Avenida de Mercado 
(575) 521-9384

Las Cruces Catholic Schools
1331 N. Miranda St. 
(575) 526-2517

Mesilla Valley Christian Schools
3850 Stern Drive
(575) 525-8515

Mission Lutheran School 
2752 N. Roadrunner Pkwy. 
(575) 532-5489


Your nationwide grocery chain for all practical sundries.
2501 N. Main St.
(575) 524-1980
2551 E. Lohman Ave.
(575) 521-9837
1285 El Paseo Road
(575) 523-5538

Natural Grocers
Natural Grocers offers the high-quality produce, nutrition education, dietary vitamins and supplements, and body-care products you want and need.
3970 E. Lohman Ave.
(575) 522-1711

Sprouts Farmers Market
Our neighborhood grocery store offers thousands of natural, organic, and gluten-free foods. Discover fresh produce, meats, vitamins, supplements, and more.
2340 E. Lohman Ave. #B
(575) 680-3680

FARMesilla is a farm-to-market store with the mission to connect you to your farmer and bring the farm-fresh produce to your table. Come shop high-quality, local produce, learn about your farmer, and enjoy the farm atmosphere!
1840 Avenida de Mesilla
(575) 652-4626

Elephant Ranch
Seriously, insanely good. One of the best spots in Cruces by far. The little market has a wonderful selection of foods, beverages, and super dope hoodies and tie-dyed items, among other cool apparel. Everyone is kind, from the food truck workers to the individual running the indoor market. 
3995 W. Picacho Ave.
(575) 526-9284

Legacy Pecans
Shop for your own pecan supply or for gorgeous gift boxes for those you really want to impress. Options include honey pecan butter, pecan coffee, virgin pecan oil, cinnamon praline pecans, raspberry or peach pecan sauce, trail mix, and, of course, pecans. 
2355 Calle De Guadalupe
(575) 524-1362

Farmers and Crafts Market of Las Cruces
Celebrating its 50th year, the Farmers and Crafts Markets of Las Cruces features hundreds of vendors selling locally made food, crafts, and produce.
Main Street
(575) 201-3853

Shopping locally is more important now than ever. We encourage you to check out our curated list of the best local shopping hotspots! Remember, when you shop locally, you make the owners do a happy dance. 

If you enjoy the finer things in life, you will love this boutique. Wonderful cards, gifts, and things for the home. Plus art classes!
300 N. Main St.
(575) 652-2964

COAS Books
Great resource for used books, movies, and games as well as new locally written books. Bring your finished books in for trade credit. 
317 N. Main St.
(575) 524-8471
1101 S. Solano Drive
(575) 524-8471

Coyote Traders
Their quality, hand-crafted furniture is made to last. Gorgeous, rustic-styled furniture for every room in your home.
1024 W. Picacho Ave.
(575) 524-0040

Organ Mountain Outfitters
For clothing, souvenirs, and gifts. With each purchase, OMO gives a meal to kids in our community.
535 N. Main St.
(575) 800-4895

Del Sol Mesilla
We love shopping here for Zapotec rugs and household items.
2322 Calle Principal
(575) 524-1418

Nambé collaborates with the world’s most esteemed designers to develop products that bring function and style into the home as serveware, barware, home décor, and gift items.
2109 Calle De Parian
(575) 527-4623

Turquoise Teepee 
Clothing and jewelry for those who don’t mind being noticed.
1800 Avenida de Mesilla, Suite A
(575) 571-3056

Buffalo Swag Salon, Spa, and Boutique
Shop unique at Buffalo Swag. They offer trendy styles, distinctive jewelry, and gifts.
2521 Avenida de Mesilla
(575) 525-0288

Emerald Isle Boutique
Offering unique clothing and accessories for any age, style, or budget. Their goal is to fit you in clothes that you will wear forever; the favorites you pull out of your closet year after year. 
1701 Calle De Mercado
(575) 525-9177

Thomas Branigan Memorial Library
200 E. Picacho Ave.
(575) 528-4000

NMSU Branson Library
1305 Frenger St.
(575) 646-3101

NMSU Zuhl Library
2911 McFie Cir.
(575) 646-6910

Post Offices
Doña Ana 
5480 Ledesma Drive 
(575) 523-4301

3800 W. Picacho Ave. 
(575) 524-2195

Las Cruces
201 E. Las Cruces Ave. 
(575) 524-2903

Las Cruces 
1180 Commerce Drive 
(575) 521-4953

2253 Calle de Parian 
(575) 524-1531

Mesilla Park 
310 E. Union Ave. 
(575) 523-7088

15770 Padre La Rue St. 
(575) 382-5949

University Park (NMSU Corbett Center) 
1600 International Mall 
(575) 646-2019

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First Things First
Getting settled into a new town (or even a new side of town) can be exciting and frustrating. Here we have some of the basics and beyond to make it bearable.

Comet Cleaners
Proud to be a part of this community and to serve the people of Las Cruces, at Comet Cleaners, you will find the best personalized dry cleaning possible anywhere in any town, because “our people are your people.”
2001 E. Lohman Ave.
(575) 523-6768
2497 N. Main St.
(575) 526-9511
555 Utah Ave.
(575) 524-1539

White Sands Federal Credit Union
Credit Unions are one of our favorite ways to secure our money locally and support a team that gives back to the community. You’ll find competitive interest rates, free checking, and everything else you need to get settled.
2755 N. Main St.
(800) 658-9933
2190 E. Lohman Ave.
(575) 647-4500

Citizens Bank
Community Banks are vital to the success and growth of the communities that they serve. Using local deposits to fund loans to local businesses and individuals, they foster healthy local economies and job markets. Citizens Bank has been serving Las Cruces and surrounding communities since 1970.
2841 N. Main St.
(575) 647-4136
505 S. Main St.
(575) 647-4100
3030 W. Picacho Ave.
(575) 528-6363
3065 E. University Ave.
(575) 647-6700

Hayden's Hardware
For more than 50 years, Hayden's has been helping Las Cruces fix their leaks, breaks, cracks, and drips as well as helping customers find the right tool for the job.
1210 Foster Rd.
(575) 522-7220

Johnston's Ace Hardware
Johnston’s is about helping neighbors, and being a part of our community. They are committed to being "the Helpful Place" by offering customers personal service, quality products, and a convenient shopping experience from the local experts who know you best.
1002 W. Picacho Ave.
(575) 524-3586
Flight Service
Las Cruces International Airport (LRU)

El Paso International Airport (ELP)

Senior Resources 
It's so important to get your Medicare resources in order, making sure they know you moved (possibly to a new state) where your benefits may be different. Contact a professional and they can help you at no cost.

Distinguished Choice Insurance Solutions
(575) 650-9612

Munson Senior Center
975 S. Mesquite St.
(575) 528-3000

Eastside Community Center
310 N. Tornillo St.
(575) 528-3012

Henry Benavidez Community Center
1045 McClure Rd.
(575) 541-2005

Frank O’ Brien Papen Center
304 W. Bell Ave.
(575) 541-2455

Sage Café Senior Center
6121 Reynolds Drive
(575) 528-3151

City of Las Cruces Dial-a-Ride
300 W. Lohman Ave.
(575) 541-2777

Social Security Administration
2141 Summit Ct.
(800) 223-3131

Relax and Recharge


City Barber Shop 
1201 N. Main St.
(575) 526-7855

Cheeky Chaps
2521 Avenida de Mesilla, Suite E
(575) 524-2371

Hair, Nails, Skin, Massage

Acosta Medical Clinic (skin)
2550 Samaritan Drive, Suite 205
(575) 449-4549

Billy the Kid Hair Designs (hair, nails, spa)
755 S. Telshor Blvd. # 201C
(575) 522-3959

Buffalo Swag (hair, nails, skin, massage)
2521 Avenida de Mesilla
(575) 525-0288

Colour Bar & Hair Studio (hair)
353 S. Espina St.
(575) 647-0500

Fantastic Sams (hair)
1500 S. Valley Dr. # A
(575) 323-3120

Milk and Honey Body Cosmetic Surgery (skin)
141 Roadrunner Pkwy., Suite 220
(575) 800-0876

Paragon Medi Spa (skin, massage)
115 Roadrunner Pkwy. #1
(575) 649-1211

Rustic Glamour (nails, skin, massage)
207 Avenida de Mesilla, Suite D
(575) 805-3440

Salon de Mesilla (hair)
1701 Calle De Mercado #6
(575) 520-6262

Sonoma Acupuncture Integrative Health (skin)
141 N. Roadrunner Pkwy., Suite 226
(575) 618-6900

Sonoma Stretch (massage)
2841 N. Telshor Blvd.
(575) 386-5722

The Mint Hair Studio (hair)
665 E. University Ave., Suite B
(575) 532-1168

The Spa Downtown (hair, nails, skin, massage)
440 N. Main St.
(575) 647-4987

Las Cruces and the surrounding community are a great place to live for people and animals alike. There are a wide variety of services available to help you provide top-notch care for the animals in your life.

Dog owners should be sure to visit the off-leash Las Cruces Dog Park, 430 N. Hermosa St. behind the Meerscheidt Recreation Center, which is open daily from dawn until dusk. There is a section separate from the main park so dogs with “special needs” can still enjoy socializing. 

If you and your canine companion would like to enjoy the city together, you can enjoy some of Mesilla’s finest Mexican food on the patio of pet-friendly Andele's Dog House, 1983 Calle Del Norte. Leashed dogs are also welcome at the Las Cruces Farmer's and Crafts Market, held each Wednesday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Main Street in Downtown Las Cruces.

Pet lovers in the Las Cruces area have a wide array of services available to help them care for their animal companion. Below are several local businesses recommended by neighbors for providing exceptional care for their pets. 

Pet Licenses
An owner of a dog or cat older than 3 months within the city must obtain a dog or cat license issued by the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley within 30 days of acquiring ownership, providing proof that a licensed veterinarian has properly vaccinated the dog or cat against rabies and that the animal has an implanted working identification microchip. Any dog, cat, domestic ferret, or other animal for which there is a state-approved rabies vaccine older than 3 months must have a rabies vaccination. Every animal bite must be immediately reported to Animal Control at 575-528-4100, or a state field health office.

Calista Animal Hospital
The team at Calista Animal Hospital are a group of highly trained, experienced animal lovers who are devoted to giving their patients the best care possible. They believe in treating every patient as if they were their own pet, and giving them the same loving attention and care. Calista also offers short- and long-term boarding for pets on site.
1889 Calle de Ninos
(575) 525-1000

Schumacher Veterinary Clinic
Dr. Kyle Schumacher and his team are committed to educating our clients in how to keep your pets healthy year-round, with good nutrition and exercise. Schumacher Veterinary Clinic stays on top of the latest advances in veterinary technology and above all, remembers that all animals and pets need to be treated with loving care in every check-up, procedure, or surgery. They serve both large and small animals.
701 S. Valley Drive
(575) 524-2894

East Lohman Veterinary Clinic
The dedicated team led by Dr. Jamie Ross and Dr. Deborah Cook provide the exceptional veterinary service that the community have depended on since its founding in 1977.
1700 E. Lohman Ave.
(575) 523-5654

Jornada Veterinary Clinic
Jornada Veterinary Clinic is a full-service animal hospital serving all animal companions, from cats and dogs, to more exotic birds and snakes. Their services and facilities are designed to assist in routine preventive care for young, healthy pets; early detection and treatment of disease as your pet ages; and complete medical and surgical care as necessary during his or her lifetime.
2399 Saturn Cir.
(575) 382-1710

Pet Supplies, Grooming, and Boarding
Better Life Natural Pet Foods
Better Life is a locally owned and operated, one-stop solution for all pet needs. They research all products for ingredient safety and against product recalls as part of their commitment to pet safety. Other services include professional dog and cat grooming and cat boarding. Better Life also offers a do-it-yourself dog wash with easy-access raised tubs to make the process simple for you and your fluffy friend.
315 Telshor Blvd., Suite C
(575) 527-9265

Boarding and Grooming
Your Pet Space 
Offering both long-term boarding and daycare for a wide variety of animals, Your Pet Space’s staff is certified by the International Boarding and Pet Services Association. They offer cage-free boarding and soft-enclosure daycare services with staff on-site 24 hours per day with boarded animals. Tours are available by appointment for those wanting to see the facility before dropping off their animal companion.
2601 W. Hadley Ave.
(575) 652-4404

Dog Training
Work Dog Work Training
Work Dog Work offers virtual and In-person sessions for obedience, behavioral issues, sport and competition, and protection. They also offer specialized topic classes including service dog and search and rescue training.
(575) 202-5554

Dog-friendly restaurants
Spotted Dog Brewery
2920 Avenida de Mesilla

Andele’s Dog House
1983 Calle del Norte

Chala’s Wood Fire Grill
2790 Avenida de Mesilla

Caliche's Frozen Custard
131 Roadrunner Pkwy.
590 S. Valley Drive
1000 Lenox Ave.

Golf Courses
Las Cruces has more than 294 days of sunshine each year. See you on the greens.

NMSU Golf Course
3000 Herb Wimberly Drive 
(575) 646-3219

Picacho Hills Country Club 
6861 Via Campestre 
(575) 523-8641

Red Hawk Golf Club
7502 Red Hawk Golf Rd. 
(575) 373-8100

Sonoma Ranch Golf Course 
1274 Golf Club Rd. 
(575) 521-1818

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Dining in the Desert
The desert southwest is rich in dining culture to complement our rich heritage. Check out our local favorites followed by our faithful standbys featuring cuisine from regions around the world.

The Local Favorites
They shared and we listened! Here you will find the people a bit friendlier and the food a bit spicier. Here are some of the local favorites to experience “life on the border.” 

Best Chips and Salsa
Andele Restaurant
1950 Calle Del Norte #1-3
(575) 526-9631

Chala's Wood Fire Grill
2790 Avenida de Mesilla
(575) 652-4143

La Posta De Mesilla
2410 Calle De San Albino
(575) 524-3524

3850 Foothills Road # 10
(575) 532-0141
2405 S. Valley Drive
(575) 526-4184

Nellie's Cafe
1226 W. Hadley Ave.
(575) 524-9982

El Sombrero
363 S. Espina St.

Hacienda de Mesilla
1891 Avenida de Mesilla
(575) 652-4953

Los Compas Restaurant 
1120 Commerce Drive # C
(575) 521-6228
603 S. Nevarez St.
(575) 523-1778
6335 Bataan Memorial W. #1 
(575) 382-2025

Best Tacos 
PAJAR Mexican Kitchen
Food Truck
(575) 312-6136

Taqueria Chavez
1400 E. Lohman Ave.
(575) 650-2847

Habanero's Fresh Mex
600 E. Amador Ave.
(575) 524-1829

Chachi's Mexican Restaurant
505 Joe Gutierrez St.
(575) 652-3071

Andele Restaurant
1950 Calle Del Norte #1-3
(575) 526-9631

Tacos & Shell-ah’s
1120 Commerce Drive, Suite A
(575) 621-2443

Best Margaritas
La Posta De Mesilla
2410 Calle De San Albino
(575) 524-3524

Double Eagle
2355 Calle De Guadalupe
(575) 523-6700

Si Señor Restaurant
1551 E. Amador Ave.
(575) 527-0817

Cafe Don Felix
2290 Calle De Parian
(575) 222-0876

Pecan Grill and Brewery 
500 S. Telshor Blvd.
(575) 521-1099


The Heart of our Culture: Mexican/Southwest 

Andele Restaurant
When we surveyed locals, 33% listed this as their favorite restaurant in Las Cruces. We love their green chile enchiladas and tacos that feed two (or more). 
1950 Calle Del Norte #1-3
(575) 526-9631

Chala's Wood Fire Grill
Chala’s prepares their heritage-inspired food from scratch, every day of the week, without the use of a freezer or microwave.
2790 Avenida de Mesilla
(575) 652-4143

El Sombrero Patio Cafe
Established in 1956, El Sombrero is a Las Cruces staple. Looking for the hottest salsa in town? You’ve found it. Everything on their menu is time-tested and delicious. 
363 S. Espina St.

La Nueva Casita Café
They provide delicious, authentic, made-from-scratch Mexican cuisine, at a value that cannot be beat. The atmosphere is great and they treat everyone like family.
195 N. Mesquite St.
(575) 523-5434

Nopalito Restaurant
Nopalito has some fantastic specials from their Monday Family Special to their Taco Tuesday Family Pack. Opening in 1964, there are two locations to serve our community.
310 S. Mesquite St.
(575) 524-0003
2605 Missouri Ave.
(575) 522-0440

Si Señor Restaurant
Make sure to try the Si Señor Barrel Select Margarita — it goes great with your appetizer chips and four specialty dips. 
1551 E. Amador Ave.
(575) 527-0817
500 S. Solano Drive
(575) 993-5255

Peppers New Mexican Café & Bar
Located inside Double Eagle Restaurant, with a more casual atmosphere. Make sure to try their bacon-wrapped stuffed jalapeños in a balsamic-orange glaze or their green chile cheese wontons with pineapple-jalapeño salsa.
2355 Calle De Guadalupe, Mesilla
(575) 523-6700

Los Compas Restaurant 
Try their chile relleno plate or one of their delicious combos. 
1120 Commerce Drive # C
(575) 521-6228
603 S. Nevarez St.
(575) 523-1778
6335 Bataan Memorial W. #1 
(575) 382-2025

Pastaggio's Italian Restaurant
Pastiaggo’s Meat and Green Chile Lasagna is still a top seller after 26 years. Owner Lorenzo added Green Chile to a pizza called the “Mesilla Valley Special” which is to this day also a top seller. Lorenzo did not stop there. He created a “Green Chile Alfredo Sauce” that many in the community are addicted to. The Green Chile Fettuccine Alfredo with Grilled Chicken is definitely the most popular dish on the menu but Lorenzo believes the Red Chile Alfredo is equally as delicious. You will love their hearty salads, amazing pasta, and the bread … oh, the bread. 
3000 Harrelson St.
(575) 522-5522

Lorenzo’s Italian Restaurant
The family-owned and operated business all started at the apron strings of Mama Gina. Vincent Vaccaro and his sister Mary Ostland, owners, remember dodging rows of drying pasta in their kitchen and baking endless rows of Italian cookies. Everything from cooked-to-order pastas, pizzas, and sandwiches, to homemade soups, seafood, and juicy steaks. And don’t forget about the famous homemade bread that will have you addicted in one bite.
1753 E. University Ave.
(575) 521-3505

Zeffiro's Pizzeria Downtown
Colorful, casual eatery crafting Neapolitan-style pizzas cooked in a 900-degree oven. Grab a quick lunch or enjoy a nice dinner with family and friends. The service is great, and the atmosphere is fun. You can take a seat inside or dine “al fresco”; either way, you can sit and enjoy one of our famous wood-fired pizzas, artisan pastas, delicious Italian entrées, or fresh salads.
136 N. Water St., Suite A
(575) 652-4215

Date Night
Hacienda de Mesilla
Life’s special moments are best enjoyed at the Hacienda de Mesilla with friends and family in an inviting and friendly setting that meets every need, no matter how small. The flavors of traditional local cuisine are expertly blended with modern and inspiring culinary styles to provide a memorable dining experience for every occasion.
1891 Avenida de Mesilla
(575) 652-4953

Willow + Blaine
Make sure to make a reservation at this boutique garden-to-table wine bar and bistro in the Mesquite Historic District. They specialize in multi-course meal experiences paired with exceptional wines and pre-prohibition era cocktails.
118 N. Mesquite St.
(575) 405-9444

Salud! de Mesilla
While none of their dishes are overly fancy, the food is quite creative and far from ordinary. Owners Russell and Christopher like to experiment when it comes to creating new flavors and they are always willing to try bold, fresh combinations. In an effort to use the freshest ingredients, they’ve developed a seasonal menu that is ever-changing based on what’s in season.
1800 Avenida de Mesilla #B
(575) 323-3548

Sunset Grill
Nestled among the foothills of the Organ Mountains, The Sunset Grill, located inside Sonoma Ranch Golf Course, boasts beautiful scenery and is positioned in a convenient, central location. 
1274 Golf Club Rd.
(575) 521-1826

D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro
Formerly known as St. Clair Winery & Bistro, D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro offers delicious wine, bistro cuisine, and an ideal atmosphere. Their Winemaker and Master Chef collaborated to create a menu that features epicurean-style dishes paired with award-winning New Mexico wines. Enjoy their comfortable dining room, refreshing outdoor patio, unique menu, and local wine and beer offerings.
1720 Avenida de Mesilla
(575) 524-2408

Double Eagle
Double Eagle designed their menu around the love of exceptional wines, fresh and local ingredients, and a twist on New Mexican food. From our Green Chile Cheese Wontons to New Mexico’s only Aged Steak restaurant (and you cannot forget the Award Winning Margaritas), Double Eagle is a must.
2355 Calle De Guadalupe
(575) 523-6700

Santorini Restaurant
Santorini proudly offers a unique dining experience, preparing and serving authentic Mediterranean and Greek food as it has been enjoyed for generations. The extensive menu lets you sample the regional cuisines of Lebanon, Greece, Syria and Cyprus, with dishes to please meat lovers and vegetarians alike. We love their Gyro Sandwich.
1001 E. University Ave. E-3
(575) 521-9270

Tiffany's Pizza & Deli Coffee
Make sure to try their Vegetarian Spaghetti (which will serve three people), their Zucchini Dip appetizer, and their amazing hummus with pita. 
755 S. Telshor Blvd.
(575) 532-5002

Thai Delight
Thai Delight offers vegetarian and vegan meals along with plenty for the carnivores. If you have a non-Thai-food eater in your life, they can enjoy sandwiches, burgers, and a few other options. Pad Thai is a definite favorite and their ginger dressing is outstanding.
2184 Avenida de Mesilla
(575) 525-1900

Renoo’s Thai Time
Stop in for their Thai Tea, Pad Thai and yummy Panang Curry. Make the Thai Fried Rice, Chicken, Thai Hot your “usual.” Food is terrific and worth the trip!
16151 US-70
(575) 993-3451

Mix Pacific Rim Cuisine
Right across from the university, this is a popular lunch spot not only because of the convenience but because of the delicious meals. Lunch special is a great deal featuring a fantastic $10 build-your-own bento box or a $10 sushi special (includes soup or salad). 
1001 E. University Ave. # E1
(575) 532-2042

Aqua Reef Euro Asian Cuisine
Aqua Reef is a unique dining experience where East meets West and blends together for a true culinary treat. Special diets/allergies are top priority, and they will always strive to handle dietary needs with the utmost care. Vegetarian and gluten-free offerings are available. Enjoy the creatively designed space, delightful food, and exceptional service.
141 N. Roadrunner Pkwy., Ste 115
(575) 522-7333

Breakfast and Lunch
Bite of Belgium
You will not regret getting these amazing liège waffles and any of the accompanying creams. If sweets aren’t your thing, cold and hot sandwiches, soups and salads plus breakfast dishes are available. 
741 N. Alameda Blvd. #16
(575) 527-2483

Le Rendez-vous Café 
Chef Thierry Marceaux was born, raised, and trained as a pastry chef in France and these desserts show the dedication he puts into his art. French-inspired dishes, hot and cold sandwiches, good selections of salad, and soup.
2701 W. Picacho Ave., Ste. 1
(575) 527-0098

Cafe de Mesilla
Breakfast is served all day at this Mesilla restaurant. Enjoy Berry Fruity Pecan Pancake Roll, Huevos Rancheros or the Mesilla Monte Cristo. Indoor and outdoor seating in a relaxed atmosphere with great service.
2190 Highway 28
(575) 524-0000

Nellie's Cafe
Bar none ... some of the absolute best Mexican cuisine you will ever find! Families have enjoyed food from this restaurant for generations. Nellies is child-friendly, casual, and has a cozy atmosphere.
1226 W. Hadley Ave.
(575) 524-9982

OMPC The Shed
Their eclectic menu has recipes from owner Gabriel's great-grandmother, all the way to him. They honor their New Mexican and family heritage by featuring the iconic chiles. Some of Gabriel's recipes also come from the inspiration during his travels all around the southwest. Make sure to try favorites: the Migas and the Eggs Benedict.
810 S. Valley Drive
(575) 525-2636

Indulgence Bakery & Cafe
Their number-one goal is to prepare everything from scratch with the finest ingredients available. From handcrafted, famous desserts to delicious sandwiches made with house-roasted meats, we always make sure to go the extra mile to ensure our guests are getting a product that is unique, delicious and crafted with love. 
2265 S. Main St.
(575) 523-1572 

Ranchway BBQ & Mexican Food
A Las Cruces staple since 1960, Ranchway offers Mesquite-smoked barbecue and homemade Mexican food. 
640 N. Valley Drive
(575) 523-7361

Chala's Wood Fire Grill
Chala’s mission is to unite our friends and family around the table. Chala’s continues in the tradition of freshly preparing our heritage-inspired food from scratch, every day of the week, without the use of a freezer or microwave.
2790 Avenida de Mesilla
(575) 652-4143

Best Slice of Pie
Zeffiro's Pizzeria Downtown
You won’t regret trying the Las Cruces, potato rosemary, or lemon asparagus pizzas, and they offer a cauliflower crust.
136 N. Water St., Suite A
(575) 652-4215

Lorenzo’s Italian Restaurant
Vegetarians and meat-eaters alike can’t get enough of the Verdura. Want a little spice? Try the Mesilla Valley Special.
1753 E. University Ave.
(575) 521-3505

Luna Rossa Winery & Pizzeria
Delicious restaurant with fantastic pizzas (Luna Rossa and Americana especially) plus pastas, salads, wine and outstanding gelato — all indoor or out on their cool patio.
1321 Avenida de Mesilla
(575) 526-2484

King Zah's
We’ve heard great things about the thin crust with pepperoni and sausage.
901 E. University Ave.
(575) 647-8900

The Perfect Cup: Coffee, Tea, and Boba
Beck’s Roasting House & Creamery
An elevated coffee house experience in the heart of Las Cruces's Mesquite Historic District. Coffees, baked goods, and small-batch, artisanal ice cream, and more. They roast over 25 varieties of beans from around the globe and craft signature blends. Each cup is ground and brewed to order at the pour-over coffee bar. Espresso and specialty drinks are crafted using the best ingredients, including house-made mocha and caramel syrups.
130 N. Mesquite St.
(575) 556-9850
533 N. Main St.
(575) 556-9850

Boba Cafe
This is your spot for delicious Boba tea. Meet a friend for lunch and enjoy the unique menu with favorites like Chicken Wonton Soup, Vegetarian Sandwich, Teriyaki Chicken Roll Ups, and, of course, coffee, tea, and Italian sodas.
1900 S. Espina St.
(575) 647-5900

Nessa’s Café
Looking for a relaxing morning or a perfect place to work for a bit? The atmosphere at Nessa’s is the perfect complement to their delicious coffees. Don’t forget to check out their gluten-free pastries, yummy soups, and quiches of the day.
901 W. Picacho Ave.
(575) 222-0081

The Bean Café of Mesilla and The Bean Josefinas
Looking for a Honey Lavender Latte? Diablo Mocha? Crème Brûlée Latte? House Coffee? The Bean has it, along with the perfect treats to round out your coffee time.
2011 Avenida de Mesilla
(575) 527-5155 

Picacho Coffee Roasters
All of the Picacho Coffee Roasters coffees are 100% specialty-grade, arabica, the highest grade coffees on the market. Pop into this family-owned and operated coffee spot on Conway off of South Main Street. You won’t be disappointed.
200 Conway Ave., Unit A
(575) 520-5366

Sustainable-retro plant-based coffee bar + wood-fired pizza/wine lounge in the heart of downtown Las Cruces. Familia-owned and operated, proud Latinx, community-centered.
300 N. Main St.
(575) 571-4047

RareTea Las Cruces
High quality and innovative tea beverages utilizing unique RARE brewing techniques. Quality is the heart of this business. Rare Tea uses locally-sourced fruits and globally sourced teas arriving directly from the world's best tea farmers.
4660 Sonoma Ranch Blvd., Suite 160
(575) 652-3462

Sweet Tooth Hot Spots
Le Rendez-vous Café 
Chef Thierry Marceaux was born, raised, and trained as a pastry chef in France and these desserts show the dedication he puts into his art.
2701 W. Picacho Ave., Ste. 1
(575) 527-0098

Indulgence Bakery & Cafe
For your special event, we recommend ordering their Italian Cream cake (or a pie, or a cheesecake, or cream puffs). Everything these Las Cruces legends make is outstanding.
2265 S. Main St.
(575) 523-1572 

Caliche's Frozen Custard
Start with a gizmo salted (vanilla frozen custard covered with hot fudge, caramel, and your choice of nuts), and work your way through the delicious sundaes, caliches, hotdogs, and sandwiches.
131 Roadrunner Pkwy.
(575) 521-1161
590 S. Valley Drive
(575) 647-5066
1000 Lenox Ave.
(575) 680-2229

Mom's Coffee
They know what they are doing with their baked goods, drip coffee, specialty drinks, and paninis.
1001 E. University Ave. D2
(575) 288-1661

Enchanted Sweets 
Specializing in spooky sweets, you’ll love these creative macaroons, cupcakes, and cookies.
221 N. Main St.

La Fiesta Bakery
Pre-order your favorite fruit empanada, croissant, or Mexican bakery treat for pickup.
455 N. Valley Drive #3
(575) 647-5800

Nothing Bundt Cakes
NBC’s goal is to bake a cake that not only reminds you of home but also opens you to a new world. Each recipe uses the finest ingredients: real eggs, butter, and cream cheese to bring you Bundt Cake perfection.
540 Walton Blvd., Suite A
(575) 205-8126

Paleteria La Reyna Michoacana
Ice cream, snacks, Mexican candy and pinatas, nieve, aguas, elote en vaso, childrinas, dulce Mexicano.
870 E. Madrid Ave.
(575) 524-7888

Part 2: ********

Wine, Beer, and Spirits
Best Brews
Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery
Delicious variety of beer and great grub. Great vibe with great people and great shows, the downtown patio is a fantastic location to relax with friends.
119 N. Main St.
(575) 556-9934

High Desert Brewing Co. 
One of New Mexico’s premier brewpubs. Their selection of hand-crafted lagers and ales are produced on-premises using the finest grains and hops. They brew small batches of about 200 gallons, ensuring that each beer is served at the peak of freshness. Always size down on the nachos. 
1201 W. Hadley Ave. 
(575) 525-6752

Icebox Brewing Co. 
Picacho Brewery and Taproom hosts Jim Bob’s Barbeque; the Downtown Boneyard Cantina features delicious street tacos, nachos, shrimp cocktail, and more; while the North Main Taproom celebrates the best pizza, wings, and snacks in town.
2825 W. Picacho Ave. 
(575) 526-7129
3231 N. Main St.
(575) 556-9517
139 N. Main St.
(575) 800-5967

Spotted Dog Brewery 
Enjoy this family-owned and operated brewery proudly serving Mesilla since 2014. They have seven house beers along with rotating seasonal brews, all made right here! Plus, their kitchen also offers a full menu.
2920 Avenida de Mesilla
(575) 650-2729

Truth or Consequences Brewing Co.
A cozy taproom serving craft beer from Truth or Consequences Brewing Company.
2001 E. Lohman Ave., Ste. 115

Broken Spoke Tap House
More than 60 tap handles, beers from all over the galaxy, innovative gastropub, biergarten for more than 120 friends.
302 S. Main St.
(575) 541-7417

Dry Point Distillers 
Serving up spirits they distill and custom cocktails to the Mesilla Valley and beyond.
1680 Calle de Alverez, Ste. C2 
(575) 652-3414

Club 575
Late-night cocktails, DJ club, and fresh vibes.
302 S. Main St.
(575) 541-7417

Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery
Originally founded in 2012 as a remote Inn and Tavern in Lake Roberts, NM, surrounded by the Gila Wilderness, Little Toad derived its name from Sapillo Creek that ran along the property. Following excitement and their own passion, they opened their location in Silver City, and this second location in 2018, where they serve their custom brews and distilled spirits.
(575) 556-9934

Wine Time
D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro
Winery and bistro offering delicious wine, bistro cuisine, ideal atmosphere.
1720 Avenida de Mesilla
(575) 524-2408

New Mexico Vintage Wines, Beers, and Cigars 
The velvet underbelly of Mesilla — a small vineyard with wine beer spirits bar, that proudly serves the best local wines and craft beers from the Land of Enchantment. Taste, relax, and enjoy!
2461 Calle Principal
(575) 523-9463

These places have it all
Willow + Blaine
Boutique garden-to-table wine bar and bistro in the Mesquite Historic District.
118 N. Mesquite St.
(575) 405-9444

Double Eagle
Located in Historic Old Mesilla, known as an exceptional steakhouse locally and throughout New Mexico with fantastic casual and fine dining options, as well as great wines and ghosts! 
2355 Calle De Guadalupe
(575) 523-6700

Hacienda de Mesilla
Hacienda de Mesilla is inspired by the grand old haciendas of the Old West. It's a boutique inn, grille, and cantina full of charm and beauty!
1891 Avenida de Mesilla
(575) 652-4953

Zeffiro's Pizzeria Downtown
Zeffiro’s is a place where people can come in and grab a quick lunch or enjoy a nice dinner with family and friends. The service is great, and the atmosphere is fun, you can take a seat inside or dine “al fresco”; either way, you can sit and enjoy one of our famous wood-fired pizzas, artisan pastas, delicious Italian entrees, or fresh salads
136 N. Water St., Suite A
(575) 652-4215

Chala's Wood Fire Grill
Chala’s mission is to unite our friends and family around the table. Chala’s continues in the tradition of freshly preparing our heritage-inspired food from scratch, every day of the week, without the use of a freezer or microwave.
2790 Avenida de Mesilla
(575) 652-4143

Salud! de Mesilla
New American fusion, tapas, and wine bar and infused cocktails.
1800 Avenida de Mesilla #B
(575) 323-3548

Sunset Grill
Nestled among the foothills of the Organ Mountains, The Sunset Grill, located inside Sonoma Ranch Golf Course, boasts delicious American cuisine and beautiful scenery and is positioned in a convenient, central location in Las Cruces. 
1274 Golf Club Rd.
(575) 521-1826

Pecan Grill and Brewery 
Pecan Grill offers an extensive variety of unique micro-brews, wide wine selection, in-house cocktails, and southern New Mexico-inspired cuisine. Enjoy their upscale bar and dining room, casual taproom, and gorgeously manicured patio.
500 S. Telshor Blvd.
(575) 521-1099

The Game Sports Bar and Grill
Enjoy the area's best Aggie-themed sports bar! The Game Sports Bar and Grill is only minutes from NMSU. Featuring great patio seating and awesome food specials, plus 42 ice-cold beers on tap.
2605 S. Espina St.
(575) 524-4263

The Game II – Extra Innings
This second location near highway 70 offers the incredible signature items offered at their original location.
4131 Northrise Drive
(575) 373-4263

Section 4 *******

Paths and Picnics
Apodaca Park
801 E. Madrid Ave.

Desert Trails Community Park
3492 Sonora Springs

Klein Park
155 N. Mesquite St.

Las Cruces Dog Park
430 N. Hermosa St.

Las Cruces Skate Park
151 N. Walnut St.

Mesilla Park
304 Bell St.

Pioneer Women's Park
500 W. Las Cruces Ave.

Veteran's Memorial Park
2651 Roadrunner Pkwy.

Young Park
850 Walnut Ave.

Organ Mountains, Desert Peaks National Monument – Established to protect significant prehistoric, historic, geologic, and biologic resources of scientific interest, and includes four areas: the Organ Mountains, Desert Peaks, Potrillo Mountains, and Doña Ana Mountains. The Organ Mountains are a steep, angular mountain range with rocky spires that jut majestically above the Chihuahuan Desert floor to an elevation of 9,000 feet. This picturesque area of rocky peaks, narrow canyons, and open woodlands ranges from Chihuahuan Desert habitat to ponderosa pine in the highest elevations. This area provides opportunities for photography, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, camping, and wildlife viewing.

White Sands National Park – Just 50 miles northeast of Las Cruces, explore the otherworldly beauty of miles of sparkling white gypsum sand dunes at the nation’s newest national park. Perfect for hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, picnicking, and sledding. Trails are dog-friendly and entrance fees are $25/vehicle, $15/person if only one adult (16+) in vehicle, $20/motorcycle, and $45 for an annual pass. A free day-use permit is required for horses.

Prehistoric Trackways National Monument – Explore the Ridgeline, Discovery and SST trails with options for intermediate to moderately skilled hikers and mountain bikers. Trails are dog-friendly and free. Some off-highway vehicle-friendly trails as well.

Bar Canyon/Soledad Canyon – Hike, bike, ride horses, observe wildlife and take in the stunning views of the Organ Mountains and the southern Mesilla Valley on a variety of trails, ranging in difficulty from beginner to experienced. Trails are free.

Tortugas “A” Mountain – A quick three miles from New Mexico State University, “A” Mountain features a beginning hiking trail and an advanced mountain-biking trail that are free and easily and quickly accessible from town.

Aguirre Spring – Hike a variety of trails ranging from beginning to experienced, camp, enjoy picnics and observe wildlife at the Aguirre Spring Campground on the east side of the Organ Mountains. Fees are $5/vehicle and $15/bus; camping is $7/campsite.

Baylor Canyon – For moderately skilled hikers, Baylor Canyon offers two hikes: A 2.5-mile out-and-back trail or a six-mile trail across the pass leading to Aguirre Spring National Recreation Area for camping and picnicking. Trails are dog-friendly and fee-free.

Dripping Springs – Beginning hikers will enjoy four miles of leisurely hiking trails at Dripping Springs Natural Area. The trail offers desert vegetation, piñon juniper and oak woodlands, as well as a plethora of local wildlife. $5/vehicle, $15/bus.

Sierra Vista Trail – Experienced to advanced hikers will enjoy the many scenic views of the mountains and the Rio Grande Valley on the extensive, fee-free Sierra Vista Trail. Complete the trail to connect with Franklin Mountains State Park.

Doña Ana Mountains – Featuring 15 miles of mountain biking trails, seven miles of horseback trails, and a variety of hiking trails ranging in difficulty levels from beginner to advanced, the Doña Ana Mountains are located five miles to the north of Las Cruces and have no entrance fee.

Community Gardens
Fabian Garcia Botanical Gardens
140 New Mexico State Rd. 101
Open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily

Section 5: *****

Must-Attend Events
Year round, Las Cruces is home to an array of world-class events which celebrate the beauty of our landscape and the rich history of our region. Take a look, mark your calendar, and get ready to join in the fun at some of the most popular events in the area. 

Any weekend you can find plays, musicals, and concerts to entertain you at one of our many venues. The first Friday of every month is a wonderful time to enjoy art, refreshments, and conversation downtown at the aptly named First Friday Art Ramble. Each Saturday morning, wander down to the Farmers and Crafts Markets of Las Cruces and enjoy the kettle corn, fresh food, and gorgeous crafts provided by local artisans. And of course, watch the NM State Aggies play almost year-round. If you live in Las Cruces, you’re an honorary Aggie. In the summertime make sure to check your calendar and head to White Sands National Monument for full-moon nights. 

Las Cruces Half Marathon

For the Love of Art Month
Cupid’s Chase 5K
Las Colcheras Quilt Show
Museum Rocks! Gem and Mineral Show

Cowboy Days
Las Cruces International Film Festival
Bataan Memorial Death March
Las Cruces Arts Fair

Las Cruces Space Festival
Trinity Site Tours

Blazin’ Brewfest 
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, Mesilla
Las Cruces UkeFest
New Mexico Wine Festival
City of Las Cruces Sunday Night Music in the Park starts

City of Las Cruces Movies in the Park starts
Spaceport America Cup
Cherry Festival
Raft the Rio

Southern NM Wedding Expo
Fourth of July Electric Light Parade, Celebration, and Fireworks
Las Cruces Thursday Night Music on the Plaza
Downtown Las Cruces Tequila, Taco and Cerveza Festival!

Harvest Wine Festival    
Las Cruces Summer Beer Festival 
Las Cruces Comic Con

Franciscan Festival of Fine Arts
Hatch Chile Festival
White Sands Hot Air Balloon Invitational 
Harvest Wine Festival
Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiesta 
Mesilla Valley Corn Maze opens
Run Then Wine 
Southern New Mexico State Fair and Rodeo 

Southern New Mexico Pride Celebration
Trinity Site Tours
Pachanga | Classic Car and Bike Show
Mesilla Jazz and Blues Festival, Mesilla

Día de los Muertos 
Renaissance ArtsFaire
Veterans Day Parade
Veterans Day Ceremony, Mesilla
HomeGrown: New Mexico Gift Show and Food Market

City of Las Cruces Tree Lighting, Plaza de Las Cruces
Christmas Tree Lighting, Mesilla 
Noche de Luminarias, Mesilla and NMSU 
Fort Selden Luminaria Tour
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Christmas Carols and Luminarias on the Plaza, Mesilla
New Year's Eve Chile Drop, Plaza de Las Cruces