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Getting There -- From Albuquerque, take I-25 south (4 hr.). From El Paso, take I-10 north (3/4 hr.). From Tucson, take I-25 east (5 hr.).

Las Cruces International Airport (tel. 575/541-2471; www.las-cruces.org/facilities/airport), 8 miles west of the city, offers no commercial flights at this time. El Paso International Airport (tel. 915/772-4271; www.elpasointernationalairport.com), 47 miles south, has daily flights to Albuquerque, Phoenix, Dallas, and Houston, among other cities. The Las Cruces Shuttle Service, P.O. Box 3172, Las Cruces, NM 88003 (tel. 800/288-1784 or 575/525-1784; www.lascrucesshuttle.com), provides service between the El Paso airport and Las Cruces. It leaves Las Cruces 12 times daily between 5am and 9:30pm for a charge of $40 one-way or $70 round-trip per person, with large discounts for additional passengers traveling together. A $9 charge is added for pickup or drop-off at places other than its regular stops at major hotels. Connections can also be made three times a day from Las Cruces to Deming and Silver City.

Visitor Information -- The Las Cruces Convention and Visitors Bureau is at 211 N. Water St., Las Cruces, NM 88001 (tel. 877/266-8252 or 575/541-2444; www.lascrucescvb.org). The Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce, 760 W. Picacho Ave., can be reached at P.O. Drawer 519, Las Cruces, NM 88005 (tel. 575/524-1968; www.lascruces.org).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.