We camped in the city of Las Cruces, New Mexico, primarily because we were interested in visiting places both on the west and the east of the city. Las Cruces is the second largest city in New Mexico.
We toured around the city, mostly in the downtown area and also visited the adjacent town of Mesilla. Mesilla is a picturesque town with a lovely plaza, which is a National Historic Landmark. The plaza is surrounded by art shops and galleries. And the entire scene was beautifully decorated for Christmas. This was our favorite spot in the Las Cruces area.
We also visited the local Farmers Market, as is our custom. It’s a pretty small market, and, at least at the time we were there, was mostly an arts and crafts market, with very few food products. Still enjoyable, and very friendly people.
And there were some food trucks at the market. We sampled food from one of them “Luchador” with a “Lucha Libre” wrestling motif, and it was excellent! This truck is at the library most days, and at the Farmers Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Check them out if you’re in Las Cruces!
We drove to City of Rocks State Park one day. A number of rock formations were formed over 30 million years ago after a volcanic eruption and jut out from the surrounding landscape. The state park has formal trails, great little picnic nooks, a desert botanical garden, wildlife viewing, and night-sky viewing. There’s also a very nice looking RV campground inside the park.
We ignored the formal trails and just walked into the rocks per the recommendation of a group we met there that seemed to be pretty familiar with the place. It was fun to just wander around climbing the rocks and making our way around them. And City of Rocks is definitely worth another visit.
As we left, we decided to drive back to Las Cruces on a different road than the one we drove in on, going over the mountains.
So we doubled back to City of Rocks State Park and entered the park again. It was sunset, and the rocks looked completely different, but it was pretty dark. It seems that this is more of a morning light kind of place, so we left after a short drive through.