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.
10201 Starfly Rd.
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.
Suites in this adobe-and-stone compound overlook the desert and mountains. From $55 a night.
2011 Avenida De Mesilla
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.
Creative cuisine made with regional ingredients; great craft beer. Lunch and dinner from $7.
Las Cruces Farmers and Crafts Market
138 N. Downtown Mall
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
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
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.
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.
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.