New Mexico State University is located in the southern New Mexico city of Las Cruces. The population of Las Cruces is approximately 100,000, with 200,000 in Dona Ana County. Las Cruces is located in the Chihuahuan desert, home to many museums and attractions, and famous for the majestic Organ Mountains National Monument. In the fertile Mesilla valley, the Rio Grande meanders past shady pecan orchards and colorful chile fields, highlighting the significance of agriculture to the vibrant local economy.

One local favorite is our Farmer’s Market, where regionally grown produce is available. Visiting Old Mesilla provides a glimpse into the rich history of the region. The area is also known for excellent local wineries, many of which are highlighted at multiple annual wine and beer festivals.

Nearby attractions include White Sands National Monument, mountain towns Cloudcroft and Ruidoso, and numerous scenic hiking trails. Approximately 30 minutes away is El Paso, TX, home to many additional attractions and the El Paso International Airport.

Come visit Las Cruces!

NMSU Resources for Students


The Rio Grande and Organ Mountains


White Sands National Monument


Forklorico dancers in Mesilla



Prickly pear cactus in the snow