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New Mexico State University
College Of Health and Social Services
Nursing, Public Health Sciences and Social Work

Living in Las Cruces

NMSU campus and Organ Mountains

New Mexico State University is located in southern Las Cruces, also referred to as the “Land of Enchantment.” Las Cruces was established in 1849 and currently boasts a population of around 101,000 people. This desert town, close to the TX/NM border and the US-Mexico border, is famous for its rich traditions, red and green chilies, and 350 days of sunshine per year! The region features rich cultures, desert mesas, ancient ruins, and the Organ Mountains, an extension of the Rocky Mountain chain.

Awards and recognition of Las Cruces:

  • One of the country‚Äôs Top 10 Spring Break Destinations for Families (Guidebook America, 2012)
  • Top 25 Hardest Working Towns in America (PARADE Magazine, 2012)
  • Best Small Metro Area for Business & Careers (Forbes, 2002-2010)
  • One of the Best Places to Retire (Forbes, 2014)
  • 20 Best Towns of the Future (Sunset Magazine, 2010)
  • One of the Most “Playful City USA” (, 2009)


There are many amazing attractions in and around Las Cruces; however, one would need a car or a friend with a car for visiting most of these attractions. If one chooses to live on or nearby campus, it is possible to exist using a bike as one’s primary transportation. CYCLISTS UNITE!

The state offers incredible weekend get-a-ways, from a weekend camping trip in the Gila Forest, to hiking through ancient ruins near Silver City, to soaking in the natural hot springs near Tor C. Of course a stay in NM would not be complete without a visit up north. Some events worth the trek include the world famous Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, the Santa Fe fiestas, or white water rafting near Taos.


Las Cruces has a thriving art and performing arts community. There are 13 museums and Historic Attractions, 8 performing art companies, and over 40 galleries in the area. Plus, the bi-weekly farmers market is not only a great spot to buy fresh fruit and veggies but is also a great place to experience local artists.

For a calendar of events please visit

Additional Information

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El Paso International Airport is the closest airport and the one people use when flying into and out of the area. It is about a 1 hour drive from the Las Cruces area to the airport.

Albuquerque International Airport is approximately 200 miles north of Las Cruces, but another option if you are visiting the northern part of the state. People also drive to Phoenix (400 miles/6 hours travel time) and catch flights from that airport as well.


  • Checker Cab 575-525-1711
  • Amtrak 915-545-2247


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This page last updated on October 22, 2014