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GSUEYES
6th March 2016, 10:27 AM
Since FB game is scheduled for 22nd and I have a conference in the area on the 26th I am considering taking a long week out for everything.

Any suggestions for best travel arrangements and things to do in the area
between Las Cruces and Phoenix?

Thanks

GeecheeEagle
6th March 2016, 07:45 PM
Since FB game is scheduled for 22nd and I have a conference in the area on the 26th I am considering taking a long week out for everything.

Any suggestions for best travel arrangements and things to do in the area
between Las Cruces and Phoenix?

Thanks

I would like to hear any ideas too as the wife and I plan to fly out for the game and will likely go early or come back later so we can take in any sights. Right now thinking of flying into El Paso but Phoenix might work too.

Eagle22
6th March 2016, 08:11 PM
Question is, are you going to drive the nearly 400 miles between Phoenix and Las Cruces or hop flights into El Paso ?

I can point out a couple of local places I went to in Las Cruces, found some very good local cuisine. I spent some time in Old Mesilla and wished I had stayed an extra day to venture out into the Organ Mountains. I did a quick trip, flew out the morning of the game and flew back Sunday morning. Left home, flew out there , went to the game and back home in 32 hours.

Dave.
6th March 2016, 09:15 PM
Left home, flew out there , went to the game and back home in 32 hours.

We did this for Idaho last year. Left Atlanta at 7 AM ET Saturday and returned at 10 PM ET Sunday.

39 hours.

GeecheeEagle
6th March 2016, 09:23 PM
I haven't looked at air scheduling yet but if there is something really worth seeing on the Phoenix area more so than El Paso, I don't mind the drive. We Just got to be in Atlanta on the 15th and Statesboro on the 27th.

Eagle22
6th March 2016, 09:35 PM
I haven't looked at air scheduling yet but if there is something really worth seeing on the Phoenix area more so than El Paso, I don't mind the drive. We Just got to be in Atlanta on the 15th and Statesboro on the 27th.

Well, IMO Phoenix is > El Paso, but 400 miles is a pretty good haul.

If you don't want a short drive (El Paso to Las Cruces is an easy drive, equivalent of Dublin to Statesboro on I-16) .... then consider flying into Albuquerque where there is a lot to do, and it's a little closer drive.

As for Phoenix, it is a good base of operations to drive up through Flagstaff and beyond up US180 to the Grand Canyon. I just think personally it is sort of out of the way for Las Cruces, unless you really like driving through that type of monotonous terrain.

chiefeagle
6th March 2016, 09:53 PM
Think its probably cheaper to fly into El Paso, then a short drive up the interstate to Las Cruces. We stayed at the Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces which was a great place. Farley's is next door which is a good watering hole and good eats. Try and go to old Missilla which is close by. This was one of the easiest games as far as getting to the stadium close and plenty of free parking. Think we may fly into Albuquerque this trip, explore that area and drive down.

loyaleagle
6th March 2016, 11:23 PM
We flew in and out of El Paso last time, but rented a car and stayed a week. Drove around a good bit. We were only in the same place more than one night once, that being the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino in the Ruidoso area. While we were there we did a day trip to the White Sands Missile Range. If you're into miles and miles (and miles) of nothing but white sand, that's the place to go. We drove through Santa Fe one day, and hope to go back and explore it more. Like chief we'll probably fly into Albuquerque this time, too.

GSUEYES
6th March 2016, 11:31 PM
We are flying in to El Paso
renting a vehicle going to the game
then making our way over to Phoenix (where my conference is)
for the 26th
we will probably fly out of Phoenix Sunday/Monday

Any suggestions on things to do in the area or along the way would be appreciated.

Eagle22
7th March 2016, 12:29 AM
We are flying in to El Paso
renting a vehicle going to the game
then making our way over to Phoenix (where my conference is)
for the 26th
we will probably fly out of Phoenix Sunday/Monday

Any suggestions on things to do in the area or along the way would be appreciated.

Gotcha.

Go through Tuscon enroute to Phoenix and be sure to visit the Sagauro (sp?) National Park. The Pima Air & Space Museum is very cool, if you are into that sort of thing. You can take tours to the Boneyard, at nearby Davis-Monthan AFB.

If you really want to go off the beaten path and your schedule coincides, go into Green Valley to the Titan Missile Museum. There is a deactivated silo site there, they used to have scheduled top-to-bottom tours if you want to see all that encompasses a silo site. I spent a few of my years in the AF wiring some of those in that region.

I'd spend a little time in Tuscon and get to Phoenix, unwind and make a day trip up to the Canyon south rim. Just watch the weather, because with the elevation change it will be significantly different than the weather in Phoenix that time of year. Took us about 4 or so hours drive one way out of Scottsdale, we got there and the Canyon was fogged in. Fogged lifted about an hour later, then rolled back in and we drove back 4 hours to catch our flight (military hop).

GeecheeEagle
7th March 2016, 06:19 AM
Thanks for the feedback. I (must be brain rot) had Albuquerque and Phoenix turned around in my head. I've been to Santa Fe before but wife hasn't and I think she would like it so will consider flying in and out of Albuquerque. Again, thanks for the feed back but still open to ideas.

EagleAlum11
7th March 2016, 07:32 AM
You should stop by Danny Gamboa's Casa de Auto.

GSUEYES
7th March 2016, 07:34 AM
I had planned on getting a picture there!!!

thanks for the reminder

BlueTide
7th March 2016, 08:01 AM
I believe the Carlsbad Caverns are near Las Crues, worth the trip. Pretty cool.

gs_eagle4ever
7th March 2016, 08:24 AM
Question is, are you going to drive the nearly 400 miles between Phoenix and Las Cruces or hop flights into El Paso ?

I can point out a couple of local places I went to in Las Cruces, found some very good local cuisine. I spent some time in Old Mesilla and wished I had stayed an extra day to venture out into the Organ Mountains. I did a quick trip, flew out the morning of the game and flew back Sunday morning. Left home, flew out there , went to the game and back home in 32 hours.
I am sure E22 has a good recommendation for wings in Las Cruces :rolleyes: ;)

loyaleagle
7th March 2016, 08:31 AM
I believe the Carlsbad Caverns are near Las Crues, worth the trip. Pretty cool.

Got a ticket there last trip, but other than that I'd agree.

Eagle22
7th March 2016, 08:33 AM
I am sure E22 has a good recommendation for wings in Las Cruces :rolleyes: ;)

Ha ha.

The brisket nachos however
.. mmmmmm

chiefeagle
7th March 2016, 08:48 AM
Got a ticket there last trip, but other than that I'd agree.


Went there about 45 years ago. Worth the trip! Take you down in elevator

GSUEYES
16th October 2016, 08:13 AM
Change of plans:

We we will now arrive in Las Cruces Friday leave Sunday

so we should have all day Saturday

Any suggestions for day trips, car rentals, tours etc?
Thanks

Eagle22
16th October 2016, 09:18 AM
Change of plans:

We we will now arrive in Las Cruces Friday leave Sunday

so we should have all day Saturday

Any suggestions for day trips, car rentals, tours etc?
Thanks


If you have some time to kill, Old Mesilla is a short drive away. I wish I had had more time to go to the Organ Mountains. Won't be able to come this weekend after all.

Post Game:
http://thegamebarandgrill.com/menu.html

The brisket and queso nachos are awesome. Do NOT get hot wings unless you like them habanero-hot. I got the medium, and thought I was gonna die ;). Of course, this place was packed with NMSU fans but they all were absolutely fantastic and very nice folks. Cold beer, lots of choices .. only disappointment was not a wide selection of local craft brews on tap.

Eat your Sunday breakfast here:
https://www.facebook.com/mesillavalleykitcheninc/

Very good, authentic local cuisine. Not a chain, just a quaint little local place that far surpasses the first impression. It could be NMSU's version of Snooky's ;)

chiefeagle
16th October 2016, 02:40 PM
Reload suitcase, 4 of us leaving Friday.

im4gsu
17th October 2016, 07:44 AM
3 of us leaving Wed and 2 more coming out Thur.

loyaleagle
17th October 2016, 08:25 AM
Writing this in our hotel room in Truth or Consequences, NM. Will be traveling on to Taos today. Tomorrow we're doing a day-trip train ride through the mountains along the border of NM and Colorado. Later in the week we'll be checking out Santa Fe and spending a couple of nights at the Inn of the Mountain Gods hotel and casino in Ruidoso before heading to see our boys collect a win in Las Cruces. See y'all there.