With stunning natural landscapes, sprawling wide-open spaces and over 320 days of sunshine per year, a visit to Las Cruces, New Mexico is the perfect answer to the winter blues. Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway, a family road trip, or new scenery for remote working, Las Cruces is the destination for outdoor enthusiasts and foodies.

To soak up the sun and get the most out of your vacation, Visit Las Cruces recommends:

Hit the trail. Spanning national monuments and state parks with hiking and biking trails for all skill levels, Las Cruces has a moderate climate perfect for year-round outdoor recreation. Take in the scenic views and get back to nature on one of the area’s many trails. Be sure to plan a day trip to nearby White Sands National Park to see the bucket list worthy sights of the sprawling gypsum dunes.

Turn up the heat with Las Cruces cuisine. Acclaimed by foodies across the globe, Las Cruces is known for its iconic red and green chile. Add a little spice to your palate, and try local New Mexican favorites like chile rellenos, posole, green chile cheeseburgers, and enchiladas. In addition to New Mexican dishes, enjoy traditional Mexican food, farm-to-table concepts, French pastries, Greek cuisine, and everything in between. The mouthwatering flavors don’t end with food. Treat yourself at local craft breweries and distilleries, coffee roasters and award-winning wineries.

Sip acclaimed wines from the oldest wine-producing region in the nation. Red or white, you’ll find a variety of flavors to suit your tastes in Las Cruces. Tour vineyards, sip by the glass or plan a tasting to discover the longstanding tradition of New Mexico wine.

Photo by Norm Dettlaff, Visit Las Cruces.