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  • D. Brian Mann
    Murrayville, GA554 contributions
    I'm currently living in North Georgia, so I really enjoyed the aridity and wide-open vistas of this area. I followed some of the trails and stopped in at the visitor's center to learn about the flora and fauna. The staff and the exhibits were great. Well worth the stop, although I wish I had made it BEFORE heading our on the trails.
    Written July 18, 2022
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  • Jay V
    Las Cruces, NM4 contributions
    They say Las Cruces doesn't go to Mesilla. Well that's not a problem because having it all to yourself suits us just fine.
    We spend a little of every weekend in downtown Mesilla. Get some coffee or artisan chocolate. Grab a glass of wine and a cigar, check out some very eclectic shops and hang out in the plaza in front of the beautiful church. There's a small market on Friday and a bigger one on Sunday. Stay at Hacienda de Mesilla and grab a bite at FARMesilla or one of several eateries including the historic La Posta. A fun albeit touristy Mexican restaurant with a mind blowing jewelry store inside. Lots of other jewelry stores with native offerings. Mesilla is one of the best things about Las Cruces.
    Written August 26, 2022
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  • Nostalgiyeah
    Bothell, WA1,823 contributions
    A bustling and lively farmers market in the Main Street of downtown Las Cruces, the Farmers and Crafts Market is exactly what it sounds like. There are a number of vendors selling their merchandize - from food and drinks to traditional Native American jewelry, curios, collectibles, t-shirts (often with funny captions!), produce, artwork, and what not. There was a festive vibe despite the midday heat when we visited on a Saturday in early July but we could feel that this is a happy place and a place where locals gather not just for shopping, but essentially for a regular fiesta. The farmers market is pretty sizeable - it is spread out over a few blocks on the main street. As far as I could discern, the main street, otherwise open for vehicular traffic, was blocked off for cars for the farmers market. In spite of the crowd, it was easy to find some street parking a block from the main street, the parking options looked sufficient. It contains an impressive assortment of locally made stuff and arts and craft and the locals and vendors were super friendly and cheerful. Definitely encourage anyone readong to check it out, if you are visiting the area - it will make your day better!
    Written July 21, 2022
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  • Gloria C
    Belen, NM280 contributions
    There was a lot to see. We took the golf cart tour. Mac, our driver/guide, had a lot of information to share. (people - please consider tipping these guides. They are volunteers and it's just a nice gesture) we spent a lot of time browsing the exhibits but did not go through the art gallery since our granddaughter was getting restless after spending so much time at the exhibits.
    Written July 12, 2022
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  • rdsm77
    Tucson, AZ369 contributions
    The only reason I gave this four instead of five is because they allow pets. No national park or monument should be allowing dogs to defile the areas we are trying to protect. Terrorizing the wildlife is shameful. Leave the eco-destroyers at home.

    I accessed the monument from the east side at Aguirre Springs. An idiot with a dog was going up the first trail at the Baylor Pass Trailhead so I skipped that one. Hiked part of the Pine Tree Loop trail and it was wonderful. Lots of beautiful wildflowers. Great views toward White Sands. I didn't have much time so I only went a couple miles. One of the best hikes I've been on in a long time. Did not see any wildlife. Again, likely because when I first started the trail idiots with THREE dogs were coming off of it. Thanks for scaring all the animals away.

    Supposedly there are restrooms at the next trailhead but I did not see signs for it and must have missed the turnoff. There are picnic areas as well.
    Written September 20, 2022
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  • Jay R
    Ken Caryl, CO488 contributions
    I spent a little over an hour in the Museum while in Albuquerque. I had planned more time, but I was able to get through the Exhibitions in this timeframe. The “Walk through Time” exhibit was very informative and well put together. The Space exhibit also had some good information. The “Chocolate” exhibit didn’t really offer that much for me. Overall, I enjoyed the Museum but was left wanting more exhibitions. The cost was appropriate for the size of the Museum and I would definitely recommend a visit when in Albuquerque. If you’re going with small kids, you’ll probably spent more time as there is a great deal for the kids to do Museum.
    Written June 23, 2022
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  • rdsm77
    Tucson, AZ369 contributions
    I was staying at the Marriott down the street and decided to go for a walk. It was late on a Friday night. Checked out NMSU and even though it was dark and I didn't have the opportunity to go into any buildings, I was really impressed with the architecture and the statues I saw. And especially by how safe it was. Definitely need to come back and see the Zuhl Museum.
    Written September 20, 2022
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  • Mary H
    Morris, Canada268 contributions
    Worthwhile museum to visit. Previous reviewers have written excellent reports and photos so will not repeat. There is a nice quadrangle garden that you can access with a few outside exhibits. Easy free parking. Go and experience the Zuhl.
    Written February 12, 2020
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  • FrequentFlierUA
    Las Cruces, NM69 contributions
    A very enjoyable easy day hike just east of Las Cruces. Highlight is the box canyon and (occasional) waterfall at the
    end of the trail. Free parking - no fee, but it can get a bit crowded weekends.
    Written April 20, 2020
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  • clpayne
    Missouri City, TX1,431 contributions
    Wonderful park and hidden gem of trails (paved and unpaved) located just beyond the park. The trails do NOT show up on google maps and the locals tell us the trails are NOT officially part of the Veterans Park?

    The park has a number of different memorials which can be viewed. Great job done with this!

    The trails are worth exploring on foot (walk or run) or bike. They are not difficult and could be accessed by most. The paved path leading down to the trails is to the right at the back of the "empty" grass field. There are unpaved versions you can also take from various locations in the Veterans Park behind the monuments.

    If you are an outdoors person this is absolutely well worth a visit! Then just up the road (less than 1 mile) in the subdivision you might want to check out Desert Trails Community Park. Another hidden gem with paved and unpaved trails.
    Written April 1, 2022
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  • TravelerTrecker
    Houston729 contributions
    We were in our way from Tucson to Carlsbad in a road trip. The travel was somewhat boring until we arrive to Mesilla. What a surprise! This is a lovely, little, sophisticated, historical town close to Las Cruces. The Plaza is very nice, very quiet, very clean. It is surrounded by very eclectic stores where you can buy antiques, jewelry, memorabilia, etc. Visit Nambe, what a wonderful store! It sells excellent cooking products that are original from New Mexico; their design is unique. The little town is very photogenic. The history of Billy the Kid and its connection with Mesilla is very interesting.

    There are very nice restaurants around the plaza. Some are very fancy!
    Written September 22, 2022
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  • clpayne
    Missouri City, TX1,431 contributions
    3* for scenery and 4* for length of trail. Probably 15+ miles of trails if you go the entire stretch, but the further away from the park you go the less attractive the scenery becomes.

    LONG stretch, though, of paved flat trails. Perfect for a long run or bike ride. We rode our mtn bikes and easily pulled our dog trailer behind the bikes. We find on our travels that some terrain is easier than other when we are pulling the dog trailer behind our bikes, but this was NO problem.

    River is completely dried up. According to the locals that's typical except July/Aug'ish? Our dog loved hiking through the sandy, dried up river bed which also stretched for MILES!

    There is a similar bike trail along the Rio Grande in Anthony, NM/El Paso, TX. Maybe 30 miles from here? Wonder if the plan some day is for the 2 trails to connect? That would be AMAZING!!

    Worth checking out. We stopped at Leo's Bakery for donuts en route to the park.
    Written April 6, 2022
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  • oldfart59
    Las Cruces, NM120 contributions
    I grew up in the area, and have visited many times--the old schoolhouse is being stabilized--houses a museum, of sorts, with lots of old photos, and journals with entries by locals and others who have lived/visited in the past--very good walking tour--the old cemetery is interesting--no civil war battles were fought here, but military men from both sides traveled through at one time or another, and returned after the war to settle--as a result, both union and confederate veterans are buried there--
    Written August 28, 2022
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  • Sage Scott, the Everyday Wanderer
    Kansas City, MO403 contributions
    Gigantic water tanks could easily be eyesores that disrupt otherwise panoramic views of this southern New Mexico town. But in Las Cruces, local artists have turned the curved canvasses into works of art. Using a color palette inspired by Mother Nature to share the rich history of the area, the water tank murals share the stories of the Native Americans who originated in the area and the settlers who followed.

    Visit my site (link in profile) and search "Las Cruces water tank murals" for a complete listing of the water tank murals (including a map) PLUS two bonus water tanks just a short drive from Las Cruces.
    Written April 28, 2020
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  • okiesooner09
    Oklahoma361 contributions
    This was recommended by the Visitors Center. I'm glad they did. It was a nice museum. It is in the old train station. There is no admission fee. It had a huge electric train exhibit. It filled one entire room. Your kids will love it. It had many interesting artifacts antique railroad artifacts. The fellow running it was nice.
    Written November 24, 2021
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