11 Incredible Day Trips Anyone Can Take From Las Cruces

Day trips are the perfect way to appreciate attractions close to home. The only requirements are a day off and some money to cover gas and meals. The price of each trip varies, but we’ve capped the drive time to roughly 90 minutes (3 hours round trip). So, if a vacation feels a long way off, these 11 fun mini-getaway spots near Las Cruces that are among the best day trips in New Mexico.

Have you visited any of these places? If so we’d love to see your photos and hear about your experiences there.

If you’re looking for other unique things to do around New Mexico, you might want to check out some of the 10 weirdest places the state has to offer!

Address: Eagle Ranch Pistachio Groves, 7288 US-54, Alamogordo, NM 88310, USA
Address: Rockhound State Park, 9880 Stirrup Rd SE, Deming, NM 88030, USA
Address: Pancho Villa State Park, 400 NM-9, Columbus, NM 88029, USA
Address: Lake Valley, NM 87313, USA
Address: Truth or Consequences, NM, USA
Address: State Road 6563, State Rd 6563, New Mexico, USA
Address: The Museum of Space History, 3198 State Rte 2001, Alamogordo, NM 88310, USA
Address: City of Rocks State Park, 327 NM-61, Faywood, NM 88034, USA
Address: Hillsboro, NM 88042, USA
Address: Rockhound State Park, 9880 Stirrup Rd SE, Deming, NM 88030, USA
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Best Day Trips in New Mexico

June 24, 2022

I had heard that Kilbourne Hole is one of the best day trips near me. Can you tell me more about it?

Located about an hour and a half from Las Cruces, Kilbourne Hole is really cool because it is the site of a former volcano. What’s left of it is a massive crater that is believed to have been formed somewhere between 24,000 and 100,000 years ago. It’s age and size (a little under two miles long and over a mile wide) make it one of the most unique volcano sites in the country.

Can you suggest a nice bed and breakfast inn close to Las Cruces?

Boy are you in for a treat! In Hillsboro, which is about an hour and a half drive from Las Cruces, you’ll find the Black Range Vineyard which is home to one of the most charming little bed and breakfast inn accommodations in the state. The cool thing is, it’s not listed on their website – you have to be in the know! So you’ll definitely have the property almost all to yourself, making it a great romantic getaway.

Where can I find some good hiking spots in New Mexico?

New Mexico offers a wide array of hiking trails that offer something for every physical ability level. If you want something not too strenuous you might consider the Inscription Trail. Located in El Morro National Monument, the name of the trail is in honor of the many bluff side inscriptions and petroglyphs carved along the way. And at Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks National Monument there’s the Peña Blanca Wilderness Study Area where the trails offer amazing views.

I’m looking for unique things to do around Albuquerque for kids.

Little and big kids alike really love Cliff’s Amusement Park. Located only 15 minutes from downtown Albuquerque, the park encompasses thrill rides, a waterpark, traditional fair games, and a great deal more. You can definitely spend the entire day here, there is so much to see, do, and experience!

Address: Eagle Ranch Pistachio Groves, 7288 US-54, Alamogordo, NM 88310, USA
Address: Rockhound State Park, 9880 Stirrup Rd SE, Deming, NM 88030, USA
Address: Pancho Villa State Park, 400 NM-9, Columbus, NM 88029, USA
Address: Lake Valley, NM 87313, USA
Address: Truth or Consequences, NM, USA
Address: State Road 6563, State Rd 6563, New Mexico, USA
Address: The Museum of Space History, 3198 State Rte 2001, Alamogordo, NM 88310, USA
Address: City of Rocks State Park, 327 NM-61, Faywood, NM 88034, USA
Address: Hillsboro, NM 88042, USA
Address: Rockhound State Park, 9880 Stirrup Rd SE, Deming, NM 88030, USA