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Las Cruces New Mexico and the Mesilla Valley
Las Cruces and the Mesilla Valley with views of the Organ Mountains

About Las Cruces

Las Cruces, also known as “The City of the Crosses”, is the county seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States.

Population As of 2014, the population is 101,408 making it the second-largest city in the state, after Albuquerque. Las Cruces is the largest city in both Doña Ana County and southern New Mexico.

It is the principal city of a metropolitan statistical area that encompasses all of Doña Ana County and is part of the larger El Paso–Las Cruces combined statistical area.

Las Cruces is the economic and geographic center of the fertile Mesilla Valley, which is the agricultural region on the flood plain of the Rio Grande which extends from Hatch to the west side of El Paso, Texas.

Las Cruces is also the home of New Mexico State University, New Mexico’s only Land Grant University.

The city’s major employer is the federal government on the nearby White Sands Test Facility and White Sands Missile Range.

The Organ Mountains, ten miles to the east, dominate the city’s landscape, along with the Doña Ana Mountains, Robledo Mountains, and Picacho Peak.

Las Cruces lies 225 miles south of Albuquerque, New Mexico, 43 miles northwest of El Paso, Texas, and 60 miles north of the Mexican border.


Additional Information about Las Cruces

Elevation: 3,900′

Additional Information about Las Cruces

Additional Information about Mesilla

Elevation3,881′ Population2,244 (2011) United States Census Bureau Zip code88046 US Census Quick Facts

Additional Information about Dona Ana County

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Elevation of Las Cruces?

The approximate elevation of Las Cruces is 3908′ above sea level. And compared to Phoenix AZ, which is at about 1000′ elevation, Las Cruces may get hot during the summer months but because of the higher elevation, it will cool off more in the evenings.

What is the Climate and Weather like in Las Cruces?

Below is a chart showing average temps in Las Cruces. We get over 300 days of sunshine a year so if you love the sun you are going to love Las Cruces.

It can and does snow occasionally here but it doesn’t snow much and then doesn’t stay long. And it can get hotter than 95 degrees in the summer at times but with the very low humidity, you just tend to get used to it.

As a friend once told me “you have 3 pretty hot months in the summer but they aren’t bad after you get used to it and you have a few windy months in the spring and fall but you end up with 7 months of absolutely gorgeous weather.

Visit to see our current weather.

Las Cruces Weather

What is the Hottest Month in Las Cruces?

July is typically the hottest month but there are just over 3 months of the hottest weather of the year. You get through these 3 months and the rest of the year is beautiful weather. So if you are coming from a place that has a long winter you just traded 6-7 months of shoveling snow for 7-8 months of awesome weather. 

What is the Wettest Month in Las Cruces?

You could say that August is typically the wettest month in Las Cruces. The annual rainfall is approximately 10 inches.

Does it Snow in Las Cruces?

Yes, usually every year we get snow a couple of times. The annual snowfall is only about 2-3″ total but with the changes in the weather we can get more at times, but it melts quickly.

What are the Las Cruces Zip Codes?

There are nine zipcodes in the Las Cruces area and they are: 88001, 88003, 88004, 88005, 88006, 88007, 88011, 880012 and 880013.

Where is Las Cruces Farmers Market?

The Las Cruces Farmers and Crafts Market is held in downtown Las Cruces on 7 blocks right on Main Street on Saturdays and a smaller area on Wednesdays near the Plaza de Las Cruces. Learn more about the Farmers & Crafts Market

Does Las Cruces have an Airport?

Yes and it is the Las Cruces International Airport and is a city-owned, public airport located nine miles west of the central business district of Las Cruces.

Although Las Cruces has not seen scheduled commercial flights since 2005, charter flights regularly serve the airport mainly transporting university athletic teams.

Visit their website or email them. Phone: 575-541-2471

The closest major airport is the El Paso International Airport which is located about 53 miles or 1 hour from downtown Las Cruces.

Visit the El Paso International Airport Website for more information.

Where is Plaza de Las Cruces?

It is located in downtown Las Cruces on North Main Street. Las Cruces Civic Plaza Downtown is a community plaza established for citizens to use as a gathering place and for event organizers to use for special events.

See Map Below or visit their website or Facebook Page.



When and Where is the State Fair in Las Cruces?

The Southern New Mexico State Fair in Las Cruces is usually held at the end of September and first of August. For current dates and times visit their Website or Facebook page.


Where is Las Cruces New Mexico on the Map?

Location of Dona Ana County in New Mexico

A Map of Las Cruces

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