Listed below are 7 Monuments to Foremost Avenue occasions that can get you open air


LAS CRUCES – The city of Las Cruces’ annual Monuments to Main Street begins this month, highlighting the many beautiful sites in and around Las Cruces.

Throughout September, Friends of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks, Bureau of Land Management, Visit Las Cruces and other local partners will host various community events. Guided hikes, yoga sessions, bike tours and more are on the program.

“Our residents take great pride in our beautiful landscape, which is perfect for exploring,” said Hilary Dutcher, Destination Experiences Sales Director. “Autumn is packed with events that allow everyone to get outside and enjoy some of the great produce of this region, and this event sheds some much-needed light on all of that.”

The full schedule of planned events can be found online at

Here are seven of the many ways people can participate:

launch event

Monuments to Main Street kicks off with a free family event beginning Friday, September 9 at 6 p.m. with live entertainment, food and games at Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main St. There will also be recreation information booths Give outdoors in the Las Cruces area.

Sunset walks in White Sands National Park

Several sunset walks are planned between the gypsum sand dunes. Rangers guide the groups and explain the geological history of the area. And the timing of the walk at sunset gives people great photo opportunities with orange and red light against the white sand.

The walks take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 18:00. Participants should meet about five miles from the park’s toll station near the parking lot with sunset walk signs.

Hikes are free, but parking fees still apply. White Sands National Park is located between mile markers 199 and 200 on US Highway 70.

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Bird migrations in various parks in the area

The Mesilla Valley Audubon Society conducts several bird walks. Locations include Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, Sagecrest Park, Tellbrook Park and Leasburg Dam State Park – areas throughout Las Cruces, Mesilla and Radium Springs.

The telephone numbers of the hiking guides can be found online in the events calendar. Interested parties are asked to call ahead to ensure there are still spaces available.

Summer Movies in the Park at Apodaca Park

The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department’s Movies in the Park 2022 series has two movies left for the summer. Disney’s “Soul” and “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” are scheduled for September 10 and 24 respectively at Apodaca Park, 801 E. Madrid Ave. planned.

Movies start at dusk. People are encouraged to bring beach chairs and blankets.

Tours of Fort Selden

Rangers will lead groups around historic Fort Selden and explain the history of the early Mogollon people up to the region’s involvement with Buffalo Soldiers during the American Civil War.

Fort Selden is located at 1280 Fort Selden Road in Radium Springs. Admission is $5 for adults and children under 16 are admitted free.

Several day tours are planned, along with a special “Trade Along El Camino Real” walk and a campfire basics cooking class. All events take place on the respective dates from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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gravel bike tours

Fire group rides are scheduled throughout September. The routes are on multi-surface areas ranging from 10 to 25 miles in length. The rides take place on Thursdays and start around 18:30

Meeting points will be announced on the Tuesday prior to Thursday’s event. Keep up to date with the rides by following Monumental Loop on Facebook.

15th Annual Motor Show at Young Park

Visit another of Las Cruces’ many parks by attending the annual Car Show at Young Park. 850 members of the S. Walnut St. community can enjoy the beauty of the park along with various vehicles on display on September 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

In addition to cars, music, food and “family fun” provide entertainment. For vendor and other information, contact Lupe Jimenez at 575-649-7814 or email [email protected]

Leah Romero is a trend reporter for Las Cruces Sun-News and can be reached at 575-418-3442, [email protected], or @rromero_leah on Twitter.

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