Details: Las Cruces, N.M.

April 25, 2013
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GETTING THERE

Southwest offers connecting flights from BWI Marshall to El Paso. United offers connecting flights from BWI Marshall, Washington Dulles and Reagan National. Las Cruces, N.M., is 45 miles from El Paso.

WHERE TO STAY

DreamCatcher Inn

10201 Starfly Rd.

575-522-3035

dreamcatcherinn.com

Three Southwest-themed rooms at the base of the Organ Mountains, from $115 a night including breakfast.

A Lodge on the Desert

215 S. Weinrich Rd.

575-523-9605

alodgeonthedesert.com

Suites in this adobe-and-stone compound overlook the desert and mountains. From $55 a night.

WHERE TO EAT

The Bean

2011 Avenida De Mesilla

575-527-5155

www.thebeanmesilla.com

Indoor-outdoor cafe serving fresh-roasted coffee and made-from-scratch platters and desserts. Breakfast and lunch from $4.

De La Vega’s Pecan Grill & Brewery

500 S. Telshor Blvd.

575-521-1099

www.pecangrill.com

Creative cuisine made with regional ingredients; great craft beer. Lunch and dinner from $7.

WHAT TO DO

Las Cruces Farmers and Crafts Market

138 N. Downtown Mall

575-541-2288

www.lascrucesfarmersmarket.org

Locally grown pecans, peppers and other foods, artisan bread and crafts. Wednesday and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. year-round.

Dripping Springs Natural Area

End of Dripping Springs Road

575-525-4300

www.blm.gov/nm

Nearly five miles of trails through desert scrub and woodlands along the Organ Mountains, 10 miles east of Las Cruces. $5 per vehicle.

White Sands National Monument

19955 U.S. Highway 70

575-479-6124

www.nps.gov/whsa

Reportedly the world’s largest gypsum dune field, 45 miles northeast of Las Cruces. Sleds from $10 at the gift shop, which buys them back. Daily 7 a.m. to sunset. $3, children 15 and younger free.

Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park

56501 N. Jornada Rd.

575-524-3334

www.asombro.org

Safely hike in this 935-acre stretch of desert surrounded by the San Andres and Organ mountains. Tuesday-Saturday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.

Chile Pepper Institute

NMSU Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 265

945 College Ave.

575-646-3028

www.chilepepperinstitute.org

Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.

INFORMATION

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R.S.

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