3. Las Cruces - City of Crosses

Las Cruces is the second largest city in New Mexico. If you love to shop, this town has a top-rated farmers’ market. The Dona Ana Mountains, five miles north of Las Cruces, is a recreation mecca. You can horseback ride, mountain bike or hike over miles of nicely groomed trails. Wildlife is abundant in ‘dem dar hills,’ so use caution as some of the wildlife is wilder than others. In town, follow the “Walk of Flame” Green Chile Trail. Have a traditional green chili meal accompanied by a green chili vodka martini. Along the trail, learn about growing and harvesting green chilies. If you don’t have time for that, head down the road a bit to the Village of Hatch, Green Chili Capital of the World. You can buy them there.

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