Greater Las Cruces


Hiker stands before a stunning New Mexico mountain range.

Greater Las Cruces as a Place to Work and Live

Doña Ana Community College is in Las Las Cruces, New Mexico, on the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert and at the foot of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. Known as the “Land of Enchantment,” New Mexico offers stunning landscapes and a diverse array of attractions. Southern New Mexico enjoys hot summers and mild winters with nearly 300 sunny days per year – perfect weather for outdoor activities. Las Cruces is approximately 45 miles north of El Paso, Texas, and 225 miles south of Albuquerque. Located in Doña Ana County, it is the second largest city in New Mexico. It is part of the Borderplex region – the metropolitan area on the U.S.-Mexico border – Las Cruces, along with El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, the 5th largest manufacturing hub in North America. Las Cruces is the economic and geographic center of the Mesilla Valley and the agricultural region alongside the Rio Grande which extends from Hatch to the west side of El Paso, Texas.


Las Cruces is a culturally-rich community and home to many attractions, including numerous art galleries, museums, performing arts venues, theaters, and annual festivals. It has a wide range of medical facilities, including three hospitals with world-class care from multiple specialists and providers. The Organ Mountains are dominant in the city’s landscape, along with the Doña Ana Mountains, Robledo Mountains, and Picacho Peak. Las Cruces lies within a short driving distance of the Mexican border at Santa Teresa, as well as many other locations in the broader borderland region. Historic Old Mesilla is one of the most visited historical communities in Southern New Mexico and is only three miles from DACC’s Espina campus. Mesilla features a variety of contemporary boutiques, unique stores, galleries, wineries, and specialty restaurants serving traditional New Mexican cuisine.


A boulder etched with Native American petroglyphs sits before a stunning mountain range.


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