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Las Cruces boasts over 300 days of sunshine per year, so there’s plenty of opportunity to get out and explore. Here are some of our favorite ways to meet other people, see new things, and discover all the amazing things our region has to offer. 


If you love to golf, you’re in the right city! There are four beautiful courses right here in the city and several others just a short drive away. Red Hawk Golf Course hosts events and tournaments all year round. Improve your game with the PGA professionals at NMSU Golf Course and enjoy the stunning views from the Sonoma Ranch Golf Course. In addition to golf, members of Picacho Hills Country Club can also take advantage of tennis, swimming, and other social activities.


The City of Las Cruces Pools include the indoor Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center which is open year round and includes 2 lap lanes, a baby activity pool, a water slide, and a warm water pool. The facility is available for parties and there’s also a fitness center on site. Frenger Pool is open on weekday mornings for lap swim and exercise only. During the summer, take the kids to Laabs Pool or East Bataan Memorial Pool. Both have fun waterslides. 

NMSU boasts a 25-yard indoor pool and an Olympic-size outdoor pool. Both are heated and open all year round. They also offer swim instruction programs.Optimized Recr2 Aquatic

Desert Hills Pool and Gym Magic both offer lessons and are available for private party rentals.


Tennis programs are available through the Las Cruces Tennis Players Association, which plays at the 12 courts at Lion’s Park on Picacho Ave., at NMSU Tennis Center, and at the Picacho Hills Country Club. There are also courts at various parks around town including Frenger Park, Young Park, and Apodaca Park.

Hiking, Walking, & Running

There are tons of great hikes right in the Las Cruces area. The Dripping Springs Natural Area offers an easy hike with some historical buildings along the route. The Soledad Canyon Day Use Area has beautiful desert and mountain views. The Baylor Pass Trail has two trailheads one on the east end at the Aguirre Springs Recreation Area, and the other on the west end just off Baylor Canyon Road. Other popular hikes including climbing A Mountain off of Dripping Springs Road and Picacho Peak. Only the most experienced of hikers should attempt hiking to the Organ Needle; it’s rated as the toughest hike in New Mexico but well worth it when you see the views from the highest point of the Organ Mountains. Read this article for all you need to know about surviving the climb. For more area hikes see the CVB website or join up with the Jornada Hiking and Outdoor Club.Optimized Recr3 DrippingSprings

For less strenuous walks, check out the Prescription Trails program which identifies walking and wheelchair rolling routes that are both safe and accessible. Check out this Walk On article from Las Cruces magazine to read all about it and get a trail map.

Joggers and runners will find great products and resources at the locally-owned store Run Culture in Downtown Las Cruces, or through the Las Cruces Running Club. The Running in the USA website also lists all upcoming races within the region.





Las Cruces currently holds a "bronze" status as a Bicycle Friendly Community. One of the best two-wheel trails in town is the La Llorona Trail which starts down by the river and connects with other trails all over town. Many of the aforementioned recreation areas also offer biking trails. Your best sources of biking information are at Outdoor Adventures and Ride On Sports or join one of the many local biking clubs like the R.O.Y.A.L.S. or ZiaVelo Cycling.

Parks and Recreational Sports

The City of Las Cruces’ Parks and Recreation Department operates beautiful parks all over the city as well as ball parks, a BMX track, a dog park, and a skate park. They also offer adult sports including basketball, football, pickleball, and volleyball leagues as well as a recreation program for Las Crucens age 50 and up. Youth leagues include baseball, indoor soccer, cheer, football, volleyball, and basketball.

NMSU’s Recreational Sports offers intramural sports like water polo, ultimate Frisbee, golf, and badminton, as well as a climbing wall and outdoor recreation trips.

Also check out the Las Cruces Youth Soccer League, Cruces Futbol Club, Las Cruces Youth Softball Association, Las Cruces Church Softball League, Las Cruces Youth Basketball League, Diamondback Volleyball Club, NM Fury Volleyball Club, and Nerf League of Las Cruces.

For even more recreational opportunities in Las Cruces check out Meet Las Cruces, the CVB’s Outdoor Recreation listing, and Las Cruces magazine’s Recreation and Fitness centers listings.