Staff Recommendations

Lorena Lozano, Director of Marketing

“Dry Point Distillery is one of my favorite places to meet up with friends, have a perfectly crafted mixed drink, try their weekly specials and support two local businesses. The chef at Stone Crow offers a small food menu that features customer favorites, rotating options and friendly service.”

Leslie Gabaldon, Executive Assistant

“One of my favorite places in Las Cruces is Eyeconik Records! I love to spend weekend mornings digging through records.”

Family-friendly pick: “Las Cruces has a great park system! I love to take my kids to Metro Verde Splash Pad and Park to play in the splash pad when it's warm. We also spend a lot of time skating and scootering around the Las Cruces Skate Park.”

Hilary Dutcher, Destination Experience Sales Manager

"I love watching independent and foreign films at the historic Fountain Theatre in Mesilla. The space is intimate, and the volunteer staff are warm and friendly. Being able to enjoy a cocktail from La Posta de Mesilla during the movie makes a visit to The Fountain an extra special treat!"

Rochelle Miller-Hernandez, Executive Director

“One of my favorite places to hang out and enjoy time with friends and family is Andele’s Dog House in Mesilla. My furry babies can join us in their outdoor patio, the food is authentically delicious and there is an unlimited chips and homemade salsa bar! Need I say more?”

Family-friendly pick: “Monday night pizza specials at Luna Rosa Winery and Pizzeria is a family favorite. Mom and Dad enjoy award-winning wine, we all throw down on hand-tossed pizzas, and the kids finish it off with homemade gelato. When the weather is nice, we can sit in their spacious outdoor patio.”

Sonia Bañuelos, Visitor Information Specialist

“I love spending time with friends and family, especially my son. We enjoy the beautiful weather and exploring the outdoors, especially the Organ Mountains. Las Cruces also has so many events going on throughout the year that deciding where to go is the hardest part… Many of the events are at little to no cost like Movies in the Park, Music in the Park and. The downtown Plaza always has events, and the splash park for children is great!”

Norm Dettlaff, Communications Specialist 

“The Doña Ana Mountains bike trail system is the best the Mesilla Valley offers. Anyone from beginners to experienced riders will enjoy the many miles of single-track trails to test their abilities while soaking up the high-desert terrain and spectacular views.”

Albert Herrera, Senior Sales Manager

“On Sundays, casual biking through Highway 28 is one of my favorite things to do. I take in the peace and quiet of the shaded pecan trees on the way to one of several wineries along that stretch of highway. It’s all just a pedal and sip away!”

Ed Carnathan, Sports Sales Manager

“My wife and I love playing golf. We have some of the best courses in the southwest right here in Las Cruces— New Mexico State University, Red Hawk and Sonoma Ranch. They are all challenging and well maintained. It’s a favorite past time that we hope to hand down to our daughters. Fun for the whole family!”

Sergio Salinas, Distribution Specialist

“My wife and I like to climb the Tortugas “A” Mountain in December as a part of our Lady of Guadalupe festivities. The views of the Organ Mountains from the top of "A" mountain are spectacular!”

Liz Vega, Event Manager

"As a self-proclaimed book nerd, downtown Las Cruces is the place to be! I love picking up a used book over at COAS and then heading to a close by coffee shop like Grounded or The Bean on Mesquite to get a delicious drink and treat before settling in for some serious reading. We also have an amazing library system that offers programming for everyone so check out Thomas Branigan Memorial Library (also downtown) if you are on an extended stay with us."

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About Las Cruces, NM

Located in southern New Mexico, Las Cruces is the second largest city in the state. The city is full of vibrant art and…