Sitting on the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert in New Mexico, Las Cruces (“the crosses” in Spanish), just north of the Mexican border, is a low-rise, spread-out city with the astounding backdrop of the jagged Organ Mountains. This dramatic range rises from the plains and dominates the skyline. You can do some incredible things here, from dune-sledding and visiting gold-rush ghost towns, to pedaling along long-distance bike trails and hiking amidst the mauve-tinged rocks. In town, be sure to learn about animal husbandry at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum and check out model trains at the Railroad Museum. For all your exploring needs, here are the best hotels in Las Cruces, bookable with Culture Trip.