Located in the middle of an arid desert that sees only eight
inches (20cm) of rain per year, Las Cruces was an important
waypoint on El Camino Royal, a trade route between Santa Fe and
Mexico City; the historic town acted as the backdrop for wild west
dramas involving Billy the Kid and Pancho Villa, and has museums
dedicated to farm and ranching history, natural history, and
railroads in New Mexico; the New Mexico State University Museum has
several interesting exhibits on local history and archaeology.
There is also an older settlement located in nearby Mesilla with a
historic district of traditional adobe buildings.
Address: Doña Ana County, southern New Mexico