New Mexico is perfect for road trips, and it’s the best way to explore the state. If you’re looking for history, nature, food and great outdoor activities, the Albuquerque to Las Cruces drive is just for you.
These 5 stops will make your Albuquerque to Las Cruces trip complete.
1. Bosque del Apache: See the Birds!
Hit the road early in the morning to catch the morning fly-out. Hundreds birds stop to take a break at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge each day. Located about an hour south of Albuquerque, the 60,000 + acre site is well-known for hosting migratory birds such as the sandhill cranes. Even though this place is ideal to visit during winter months, there is always something interesting to see during the warmer seasons. Don’t forget to snap pics for the folks back home.
The Visitor Center is open everyday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit: FriendOfTheBosque.org.
2. Socorro, New Mexico: A year-round destination
No matter what you’ve heard about Socorro, make no mistake: This is one of New Mexico’s greatest treasures. The warm year-round temperatures make golfing and hiking ideal. If your craving greenery, make the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology your next stop. You’ll find a rather large campus with lush lawns, tall trees and colorful flowerbeds.
3. San Antonio: Green Chile Cheeseburger Heaven
Hungry yet? Head 15 minutes south to San Antonio, New Mexico for one of the best chile cheese burgers you’ll ever taste. Manny’s Buckhorn Tavern and Owl Bar & Cafe have been in competition for years over which chile cheese burger is the best. Both burgers will knock your socks off, so you can’t go wrong with either one of these New Mexico staples.
4. Elephant Butte: Make a Splash!
A trip to Las Cruces isn’t complete without visiting Elephant Butte. Only an hour south of Socorro, you can see a truly awe-inspiring view of the lake from Interstate 25. It’s definitely worth the visit, especially if you’re interested in kayaking or fishing. Consider renting equipment from Zia Kayak Outfitters, the Best of the Best in 2015. They’ll even transport your kayak to the lake for you!
5. Hatch, New Mexico: Home of the Green Chile
After your time on the lake, head to Hatch, NM — home of the world-renowned Hatch Green Chile. If you’re hungry, visit Sparky’s Burgers, BBQ & Espresso. It’s the best place to eat in Hatch if your craving BBQ or its World Famous! Hatch Green Chile Cheeseburger.
Now it’s almost the end of the day, and you’re probably ready for some rest and recuperation. NM-185 is easily accessible from Sparky’s and will take you past the serene green chile farms into to Las Cruces.
You’ve arrived in Las Cruces!
Everyone knows you can’t go to Las Cruces–certainly the kids won’t let you anyway– without staying at Hotel Encanto. The pool is phenomenal! Just imagine the warm sun on your shoulders, the blue skies overhead, and the cool waters calling your name. What’s more, the property is conveniently located near local attractions and offers an on-site restaurant and lounge.
We hope you enjoy the trip down to Las Cruces. Don’t forget to share your road trip photos with us on social media using #NMTrue.
Where you do like to visit on your way to Las Cruces? Share in the comments below!