This September, the new celebration Monuments to Main Street will allow visitors and residents alike to experience festivals, outdoor adventures, and culinary delights like never before in Las Cruces and Doña Ana County.
Monuments to Main Street will incorporate ongoing festivals like Salsafest, the Hatch Chile Festival, and Diez y Seis de Septiembre, with a new series of tours into our nearby national monuments — White Sands, Prehistoric Trackways, and the newest, Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks.
So, grab your hat and camera, and come step out in nature and back in time.
The series kicks off with the Billy the Kid Tour, which starts in Mesilla at the historic Doña Ana County courthouse where the Kid was tried for the murder of Sheriff William Brady, then past Outlaw Rock in Stolen Horse Canyon, and on to historic Fort Selden.
West of town, you can enjoy a first-time helicopter tour of World War II bullseye bombing targets, last seen more than 70 years ago. Or tour the discovery site of the Prehistoric Trackways to observe footprints of creatures laid down more than 280 million years ago.
You can also experience a helicopter trip to see Kilbourne Hole, the 80,000-year-old volcanic crater where Apollo astronauts trained for their moon missions.
If you’re still gazing skyward, consider the full-moon hike on Sept. 14 at White Sands. This ranger-led hike not only fills you in on nocturnal life in the dunes, but also lets you enjoy the beauty of the rising moon.
For a cultural trip into history, El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, the royal road of the interior, still marks the path thousands traveled from Mexico City to Santa Fe. From Radium Springs, tour the old road near the Robledo Mountains Wilderness Study Area, into Las Cruces and along Mesquite Street, another stretch of the original Camino Real. End the tour with dinner at Nopalito’s Restaurant.
Throughout September, there will be guided wilderness hikes into Broad Canyon, Pine Tree trail and Fillmore Canyon in the Organ Mountains, Aden Crater, and Rustler Fire trail in the Sierra de Las Uvas.
You can even indulge yourself in a morning of relaxation and health at the Organ Mountains Dripping Springs Natural Area. There will be yoga, massage, and other health and wellness opportunities to restore mind, body, and soul. And, when you’re ready, take a hike into Ice Canyon or to the Hermit’s Cave at La Cueva. Most events are free, although there are fees for motor tours and helicopter rides.
In addition to the national monument focused tours, visitors will be able to enjoy some of our region’s celebrated festivals, including the Hatch Chile Festival on Sept. 3-4 at the Hatch fairgrounds, the Las Cruces Corks & Kegs Wine & Beer Festival, the annual Diez y Seis de Septiembre fiesta in Mesilla with folklorico dance, mariachi music, and Mexican cuisine.
Other events throughout September include stargazing at Leasburg Dam State Park on Sept.1, Las Cruces Comic Con from Sept. 9-11 for comic book aficionados, Las Cruces Pops Under the Stars concert with fireworks Sept. 11, and Salsafest! Sept. 30 to Oct. 2.
Original artical can be found here: http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/life/sunlife/2016/08/12/new-celebration-expands-septembers-festive-activities/87930060/