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Day Trip to Las Cruces

Day Trip to Las Cruces

My husband wanted to show me the town of Las Cruces while we’re in El Paso. It’s about 40 minutes away by car from where we are staying. Las Cruces is a small desert town in New Mexico on the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert with museums, art galleries, wineries, and restaurants. We did a quick trip in the morning before it got too hot.

The hubby had visited Las Cruces once before while he was doing training at Fort Bliss. This was my first time, however. It’s definitely got that desert-vibe with pueblo-style structures scattered throughout the center of the town square. If you enjoy pottery and handcrafted items such as Aztec blankets, vintage desert decor, and dream catchers, well then, this place is for you.

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The hubs taking a break on one of the park benches in the middle of the town under the shade of a tree.

The town square

The town square

Gazebo in the middle of the town square.

Gazebo in the middle of the town square.

Exterior of restaurant La Posta.

Exterior of restaurant La Posta.

One of the biggest draws to this town is a restaurant called La Posta. It is a Mexican restaurant right off the town square and carries that desert vibe within the interior. But what makes this eatery different are the parrots in a bird-enclosure as you walk up to the hostess. There was one particular parrot that really wanted to be heard and made quite the ruckus as we were being seated. Luckily the parrot took a break from it’s squawking right before the food arrived. It was impressive how loud he was. The menu is extensive and they even have burgers for the kids who may not want enchiladas or such. If you’re in Las Cruces, it’s worth checking out.

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A fountain located inside the restaurant, La Posta.

A fountain located inside the restaurant, La Posta.

Cacti along a wall on the streets of Las Cruces.

Cacti along a wall on the streets of Las Cruces.

It was a pleasant day trip. If it wasn’t so hot we may have stayed longer but I definitely recommend visiting during the morning if you’re there during the summer. I enjoyed seeing a different place outside of El Paso. Who knows when we’ll be back out this way; it was a great opportunity to check out a place not far away from where we’re staying. If you have the opportunity, see what you think.

A colorful wall with a tiled depiction of St. Anthony, I believe. If that’s not St. Anthony please comment below and let me know - thanks!

A colorful wall with a tiled depiction of St. Anthony, I believe. If that’s not St. Anthony please comment below and let me know - thanks!

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