With just over 100,000 residents, the sunny high-desert city of Las Cruces is the second-largest metropolis in New Mexico - it sits at the southern edge of the state, just a 45-minute drive from the much larger twin cities of El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Jaurez, Mexico. Although it's traditionally been held in June, the city's Southern New Mexico Gay Pride moved to a new time recently - the date this year will be September 30, 2017, and the festival will now take place in downtown Las Cruces.
Details about 2017 Southern New Mexico Pride will appear here as information in finalized.
If you're visiting from out of town, consider staying at the lovely Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces, which is a major sponsor of Southern New Mexico Gay Pride and one of the nicest places to overnight in the area. The elegant hotel has a beautiful pool with cabanas and a bar, an inviting restaurant, and great views of the area from its upper floors. It's a terrific place to stay anytime you're visiting the area.
At the junction of two major U.S. interstate, I-25 and I-10, Las Cruces has a number of notable attractions, including Old Mesilla with its beautiful Spanish Colonial and Pueblo Revival adobe buildings occupied by cafes, galleries, and boutiques, and the nearby Organ Mountains National Monument, which offer some fantastic terrain for hiking. The city is also fairly close to the funky and LGBT-popular mountain community of Silver City, New Mexico, and - in the other direction - the breathtaking scenery of White Sands National Monument.
It's also less than an hour's drive from Las Cruces to El Paso, which holds it Gay Pride celebration in June and is a fun destination with a number of cool attractions as well as a few welcoming gay bars. From Albuquerque, which hosts its Pride event in June, it's about a three-hour drive. And it's another hour or so from Santa Fe, which holds its Pride celebration at the end of June.
Las Cruces Gay Resources
For information on what to see and do around the area, check out the visitor site of the official tourism organization, the Las Cruces Convention and Visitors Bureau, which also produces a page geared to LGBT visitors.