What's Happening in Dona Ana County?

New Mexico's Doña Ana County is blessed with some of the wildest country left in the Rocky Mountain West. The most well known are the towering pinnacles of the Organ Mountains, but other spectacular landscapes include the West Potrillos to the south and the colorful cliffs of Broad Canyon. These diverse landscapes give reason for the name "the land of enchantment." The quality of life in the county is characterized by a strong sense of community that is enhanced by a rural lifestyle. Assets identified by residents include peace and quiet, friendliness of the people, wonderful local produce and foods, and terrific weather in a rural setting where you can still see the stars. 

County Profile

As of 2000, the population was 174,682 and is still expected to continue to grow at a rapid pace (4-6 percent) during the next 15 years. That translates to a 2015 population of more than 300,000 people. Its county seat is Las Cruces. Doña Ana County comprises 3,804 square miles in south-central New Mexico, bordering on El Paso County, Texas and the state of Chihuahua, Mexico to the south. The area within the county's boundaries is topographically diverse and includes mountain ranges, hills, valleys, and deserts.

Local Hot Spots

Experience everything from shopping at El Mercado (the Market) to fine dining, greyhound racing and bullfights. The county also includes one of New Mexico's four large lava fields, the Aden Malpais, and one of the world's largest maare volcanoes, Kilbourne Hole. Overlooking it all are the rugged peaks of the Organ Mountains which are an ever-changing backdrop and source of inspiration to the valley's residents. The subject of countless photographs, drawings and designs, they are hardly ever out of sight or too far from my mind.