Oct 26th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

The City of The Crosses

Las Cruces, New Mexico is one of the best kept secrets of the American Southwest.  Centuries ago, Spanish explorers brought their faith, culture, language and way of life to this land. Today, over 400 years later, the past is a living treasure alive in everything from the traditional architecture, to the spicy cuisine and local unique artwork. Senior visitors can enjoy a wide range of year-round outdoor activities, such as hiking, golfing or tennis, in some of New Mexico’s most diverse landscapes.

Seniors Discover The City of the Crosses

Las Cruces, New Mexico, also known as “The City of the Crosses”, is the county seat of Doña Ana County with population of nearly 100,000 making it the second largest city in the state. There are about 15,000 students at New Mexico State University during the school year.

Years ago as the town grew, so did the need for a name. No one knows exactly how Las Cruces was selected, but most historians conclude it was derived from the Spanish translation for “the crosses,” after the many crosses erected in memory of those killed during Apache raids.

What Do Seniors Find?

Las Cruces is the economic and geographic center of the fertile Mesilla Valley. It’s the home of  New Mexico State University (NMSU), New Mexico’s only land grant university. The city’s major employer is the federal government on nearby White Sands Test Facility and White Sands Missile Range. The majestic Organ Mountains, ten miles (16 km) to the east, are dominant in the city’s landscape, along with the Doña Ana Mountains, Robledo Mountains, and Picacho Peak.

The City Ranks High

I just discovered that Las Cruces, has received several awards including rankings from Money magazine as one of the “best college towns in which to retire” and from AARP as one of their “dream towns” to retire. Las Cruces has also been ranked by Forbes as one of the best small metro areas for business and careers and is quickly becoming a popular southwestern destination.

Seniors will find plenty of things to do with everything from the arts, the fine cuisine, museums, outdoor recreation and close by is Spaceport America. Oh yes, heaven forbid, I forget to mention the many fine wineries in the Mesilla Valley.  TripAdvisor has been to Las Cruces and invites seniors to check out the principal attractions and some of their superior south west restaurants.

Museums abound in this city. The City of Las Cruces Museums promote understanding and appreciation of history, culture, arts, and the sciences through an ongoing exchange of ideas, information, and experiences with the citizens and many visitors. The City of Las Cruces Museum System consists of the Branigan Cultural Center, the Las Cruces Museum of Art, the Las Cruces Museum of Nature & Science, and the Las Cruces Railroad Museum.

With a mild high-desert climate and spectacular views of soaring mountains and the Rio Grande Valley, the Las Cruces area was once home to the likes of Geronimo, Billy the Kid and the early Spanish settlers of New Spain. Today, with the influences of New Mexico State University, White Sands Missile Range and the wonderful cultural diversity of a border town, Las Cruces is the ideal place to live, work and raise a family, retire and visit.

Senior Travelers Discover Scenic Wonders

Las Cruces is located at the junction of Interstate Highways 10 and 25 and is the southern terminus of the latter. Limited bus service is available between El Paso and Albuquerque with stops in Las Cruces. Seniors are sure to find plenty of scenic wonders in and around Las Cruces. Now don’t blink, don’t close your eyes and focus…as these photos of Las Cruces fly by. Settle in and spend some time in the city and enjoy the hotels, B&Bs, wonderful cuisine and the people.

Start your planning with this free visitors guide, enter to win a package deal and then enjoy Las Cruces.  jeb

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