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4th Annual Monuments to Main Street Month
Sunday, September 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - Monday, September 30, 2019 @ 5:00 pm MST
Las Cruces (NM) Celebrates 4th Annual Monuments to Main Street Month in September
Festivals, hikes, and tours make September a monumental time to experience southern NM
Designed to celebrate all three national monuments in the Las Cruces area along with the city’s cultural wealth, the 4th Annual Monuments to Main Street returns as a month full of events that showcase the vibrant culture, natural beauty, and rich history of the destination. Each September, visitors and locals alike gather to experience a broad array of tours, hikes, and film, wine, and green chile festivals.
Monument and history buffs will want to explore the Organ Mountains–Desert Peaks National Monument, the iconic and other-worldly White Sands National Monument, and the fascinating Prehistoric Trackways National Monument. A variety of guided tours and excursions provide visitors a better understanding of the history of the Mesilla Valley. Some tours require prior registration and/or have limits on the number of participants; visit www.Monuments2MainStreet.com for more details on timing and fees.
New events this year include:
• The Picacho Mountain Outdoor Festival w/ 5K Fun Run & Walk September 21-22
• Bird Walk for Beginners by the Mesilla Valley Audubon Society September 18
• Lower Broad Canyon Hike September 1 and 14
• Massacre Peak & Butterfield Trail Hike September 29
• Organ Mountains Pine Tree Trail Hike September 28
• Top of the World Ridge Hike September 15
• White Sands National Monument Sunset Stroll Daily
Visitors and locals are invited to take tours, sample southern New Mexico cuisine, and catch some sunshine beneath New Mexico skies in events ranging from Organ Mountains City to Sky Plane Tours and White Sands National Monument Sunset Strolls, to film festivals, outdoor fiestas, off-roading tours, yoga in the monument, corn mazes, and everything in between. Hotel packages are available for stays in September but must be booked in advance.
Each day throughout the month will provide an intriguing array of options to explore. Each weekend, Southwest Expeditions offers an exciting variety of 4WD Jeep tours and city-to-sky flightseeing, and New Mexico Wild has scheduled a range of intriguing hikes.
Here are just a few week-by-week highlights:
The Hatch Chile Festival is a highlight of every Labor Day weekend and this year is no exception. Adding to the weekend’s excitement is the Mesilla River Run, inner tube rafting on the Rio Grande, and several guided hikes. The City to Sky Plane Tour will lift travelers from Las Cruces airport for flight-seeing along the Rio Grande and above the Organ Mountains. Wine lovers will enjoy sampling local grown wines from North America’s oldest wine region at the annual NM Harvest Wine Festival.
8th – Join the party for the Monuments to Main Street Kick-Off Fiesta on Mesquite Street from 4-9pm at Klein Park located at 155 N Mesquite Street. Live music by Nosotros, ballet folklórico, stagecoach trolley rides, a reenactment of the founding of Las Cruces, and desserts by La Reyna Michoacana will officially launch the month-long event.
7th – 8th Hot-air balloons will fill the sky during the White Sands Balloon and Music Festival
14th-15th – Diez y Seis de Septiembre Festival on the historic Mesilla Plaza features live music, rides, food, games and more.
The Picacho Mountain Outdoor Festival will feature a Chile Relleno cook-off contest, stagecoach rides, horseback rides, and various vendors.
The month concludes with the famous Southern New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo from September 27 – October 1.
Visit www.Monuments2MainStreet.com for the fully updated list of happenings.
About Las Cruces
Nestled in southern New Mexico’s Mesilla Valley between the Rio Grande River and Organ Mountains, Las Cruces is A Place for Space, as the Gateway to Spaceport America where Virgin Galactic will soon launch space tourism. Visitors can experience 72 holes of spectacular year-round golf; world-class Mexican food along the Green Chile “Walk of Flame” and throughout the region, complemented by the Mesilla Valley Wine Trail and the Las Cruces Ale Trail. Birding, cycling and hiking draw outdoor lovers, and nearby White Sands National Monument is the only spot on the planet of its kind. The Seventh Annual Las Cruces Country Music Festival will be headlined by Gretchen Wilson, Ronnie Milsap, Big and Rich featuring Cowboy Troy this October 11-13 featuring performances by Casey Donahew, Stephanie Urbina Jones, Frank Ray and many more. Las Cruces blends a unique variety of such special events, attractions, culture and historical sites, as well as superb weather, with over 330 days of sunshine per year. For more information on all Las Cruces has to offer, contact Visit Las Cruces at (575) 541-2444 or visit www.VisitLasCruces.com.
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